Eastbourne volunteer RNLI Lifeboat responds to Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.45pm on Saturday 12 June Eastbourne RNLI were paged to assist a 36ft Motor cruiser with two people on board that had started taking on water five miles south east of Sovereign Harbour and had issued a Mayday call.

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Vessel being towed into Sovereign Harbour
The sea conditions were slight with a south westerly force 3-4 wind.

Upon arriving at the motor cruiser coxswain Mark Sawyer made the decision to transfer two volunteer RNLI crew members, Alex Emberley and Dave Needham onto the motor cruiser along with the lifeboat salvage pump. Due to the amount of water on board the motor cruiser the salvage pump was put into use straight away and an assessment of the situation was made.

Once the water was pumped out and it was confirmed no more water was being taken in while the engine was off, the decision was made to tow the motor cruiser to Sovereign using the RNLI Lifeboat with the two RNLI crew and the salvage pump still on board the motor cruiser.

Due to the prompt and efficient actions of the motor cruiser's skipper, Solent Coastguard were able to coordinate a quick response to the situation.

RNLI Coxswain Mark Sawyer would like to thank all the other vessels in the area that responded to the Mayday call and stood by until the lifeboat arrived on scene:

'The skipper of the motor cruiser did exactly the right thing by calling HM Coastguard as soon as they knew they were in difficultly. It meant we were able to start pumping at the earliest opportunity - saving the vessel, but more importantly making sure those on board were safe'.

Media Contacts:

Daniel Baldock, Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (07895) 369688 [email protected] [email protected]

Craig Robinson, Eastbourne RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (07956) 638924 [email protected]

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer London London and South East (07785) 296252 [email protected]

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Vessel being towed into Sovereign Harbour


RNLI Crew on board the motor cruiser


Salvage pump in use

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