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Eastbourne RNLI launch to yacht needing assistance

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 7.13pm on 2 June after an 11m yacht with three people on board put out a distress call.

Tamar with wake behind it


Lifeboat launching on service
The vessel had suffered engine failure and was drifting in challenging conditions over a mile south east of Sovereign Harbour. The crew launched the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat and made their way to the vessel. Due to the prevailing weather conditions, fading light and with no other vessels nearby able to offer assistance, Coxswain Mark Sawyer made the decision to establish a tow and bring the vessel back to the safety of Sovereign Harbour.

Both vessels were met in the locks by more members of the RNLI crew who helped get the casualty vessel safely moored at a pontoon.

'The conditions at sea were challenging and the safest course of action was for us to establish a tow and get the yacht into Sovereign Harbour were their crew could get the problem resolved' Coxswain Mark Sawyer said afterwards.

The shout is just the start of a busy weekend for the volunteers at Eastbourne RNLI as they will be at Eastbourne's annual 999 Weekend. Weather and operational needs depending, they will be putting on a display on Saturday and Sunday as well as hosting a stand at the arena with a D class lifeboat that members of the public can see at close quarters and find out how it operates.

Media Contacts:

Daniel Baldock, Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer [email protected]

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

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Tamar lifeboat towing the vessel


Lifeboat towing the vessel
Tamar with vessel approaching harbour


Approach to the harbour

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