Eastbourne RNLI assist broken down vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI were paged today (14 November) at 4.25pm. HM Coastguard had received a radio call from a vessel that was towing a broken down 45ft motor cruiser off Fairlight and was struggling due to the weather conditions. The volunteer crew launched the all-weather lifeboat ‘The Diamond Jubilee’.

Image showing the RNLI lifeboat and casualty vessel in the locks.

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

The Eastbourne lifeboat and casualty vessel in the locks.

The crew made their way to the vessels and upon arriving on scene the Coxswain Mark Sawyer decided the safest course of action would be to take over the tow and take the broken down vessel to the nearest safe harbour at Sovereign Harbour.

The lifeboat entered the locks just before 7pm before assisting the broken down vessel into the harbour and to a pontoon before refuelling and getting the all- weather lifeboat ready to launch again.

‘Once we arrived on scene we carried out a risk assessment and decided the safest thing to do was take over the tow from the other vessel and tow the broken down vessel to the nearest safe harbour which was Sovereign Harbour, ’ said Coxswain Mark Sawyer when they got back.

The sea state was slight with a north easterly force 3 -4 breeze and showers.

Media Contacts:

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

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




Crew of Eastbourne Lifeboat on 'The Diamond Jubilee'.

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

RNLI crew in the locks
Photo of the RNLI lifeboat and casualty vessel in the locks

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

The RNLI lifeboat and casualty vessel in the locks

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