Eastbourne RNLI respond to Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 815pm on June 1 after a 23ft fishing vessel issued a Mayday call

Lifeboat leaving the harbour at sunset

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Lifeboat launching at sunset

The Tamar class All-weather lifeboat "Diamond Jubilee" was launched to assist the vessel that had suffered fouled propellers six miles off Eastbourne near the soon to be decommissioned Sovereign light tower.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene and after an assessment of the situation was carried out the decision was made to tow the vessel back to Sovereign Harbour as it was the safest course of action.

'Due to the failing light and as we were unable to remove the items causing fouling the casualty vessels propellers the safest thing for everyone we could do was tow the vessel into Sovereign Harbour where the crew of the vessel could fix the issue the next day.' Coxswain Mark Sawyer said as when they returned at 1030pm.

This week marks the 10th Anniversary of the "Diamond Jubilee" joining the RNLI fleet and arriving at Eastbourne.

Lifeboat in the locks with casualty vessel behind

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Lifeboat and casualty vessel in locks

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