Eastbourne RNLI launch both boats to assist vessels in distress
The volunteers at Eastbourne RNLI were paged at 6.35pm on 10 June after a report of a vessel in distress off the beach at Bexhill.
'Due to the situation, fading light, ebbing tide and two casualties starting to feel unwell we decided the best course of action was to commence a tow back to Sovereign Harbour whilst asking for the all-weather lifeboat to assist and take over the two when on scene.' Helm Thomas Mele said afterwards.
The crew requested the assistance of the all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee whilst establishing a tow of both vessels to prevent them from causing a hazard to other vessels. The all-weather lifeboat launched and made way to the inshore lifeboat's location. Once on scene the casualties feeling unwell were taken on board the all-weather lifeboat before the crew aboard the Diamond Jubilee took over the tow of both casualty vessels.
They reached Sovereign Harbour just after 9pm. The all-weather lifeboat brought the 7m vessel into the locks and the inshore lifeboat took the other vessel into the locks. Once both casualty vessels were moored in the harbour, both crews were stood down. The inshore lifeboat returned to station at 9.35pm before being recovered and refuelled.
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