Shoreham RNLI all weather lifeboat called out three times in five days to broke

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The lifeboat has been busy.

The lifeboat towing in a 40ft yacht with engine failure off Hove

RNLI/Michelle Tugwell

The lifeboat towing in a 40ft yacht with engine failure off Hove

The Shoreham all weather Tamar-class lifeboat has launched down its slipway a few times in the last week starting with a call for assistance from a 40ft yacht with engine failure with two people on board at Hove on Wednesday 26 May at 1pm.

The vessel was located and towed by the lifeboat into the safety of Brighton Marina. It was then tasked to a windfoiler reported to be in difficulty at Hove who turned out to be ok. The call was good intent.

The all weather lifeboat crew were then called into action on Sunday 30 May launching to a broken down 18ft cabin cruiser with four children and two adults on board off Saltdean at 1.25pm. The lifeboat towed the vessel into Brighton Marina.

The following day on Bank Holiday Monday (31 May) the lifeboat was launched at 6.50pm to a 13ft yacht with four people on board which had suffered engine failure and was taking on water off Hove. The boat was located and two on board were transferred to the lifeboat while two crew were put aboard the vessel to assist.

The yacht was towed into Brighton Marina.

The Shoreham inshore lifeboat was also launched to a report of a man in difficulty in the water at Brighton on Friday 28 May at 9.50pm but was stood down shortly after launching when he came ashore safe.

The broken down cabin cruiser being towed by the lifeboat into Brighton Marina
The broken down cabin cruiser being towed by the lifeboat into Brighton Marina

RNLI/Michelle Tugwell

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