Eastbourne RNLI save stricken yacht.

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 31 May 2021, the volunteer crew of Eastbourne RNLI were paged at 11.11pm to assist a yacht that had suffered engine failure close to Belle Tout lighthouse.

Eastbourne Lifeboat towing yacht into harbour

RNLI/Carl Pocock

Eastbourne Lifeboat towing yacht into harbour
The 27 foot yacht with one person on board was on passage from Gosport to Eastbourne when it suffered engine failure close to the shore at Belle Tout.

The yacht skipper dropped his anchor and called for assistance using his radio.

Eastbourne RNLI’s all weather lifeboat, Diamond Jubilee, was launched and arrived on scene shortly after midnight.

A volunteer member of the crew boarded the yacht to lend assistance and the casualty vessel was towed to the safety of Sovereign Harbour with the crew stood down at 1.50am.

RNLI Coxswain Mark Sawyer who led the rescue said: ‘This was a rapid response to an incident that could have escalated into something far more serious.

Once the skipper realised the danger, he used his anchor to fix his position and used his radio to call for assistance, which our volunteer crew were able to provide.

This shows the importance of having the correct safety equipment on board’


Media contacts:

Craig Robinson, Eastbourne RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (07956) 638924 craig.robinson96@gmail.com

Daniel Baldock, Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (07895) 369688 Daniel_Baldock@rnli.org.uk Daniel-Baldock@hotmail.co.uk

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer London London and South East (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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