Eastbourne-lifeboat-in-dramatic-‘Mayday-rescue

Byline: Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat (ALB) raced to the assistance of a stricken yacht which had lost steerage dangerously close to submerged rocks near the Holywell pleasure beach.
Page Content: The 37ft yacht put out a Mayday distress broadcast shortly after noon today (17 April) when it suddenly lost steerage under full sail after rounding Beachy Head in a brisk SW wind. Being rapidly blown towards submerged rocks at an area known locally as The Pound the crew were left with no alternative but to request immediate assistance. The distress broadcast was simultaneously picked up by the rescue co-ordinating centre at Dover Coastguard and the Coxswain of Eastbourne lifeboat who put out a page for the crew to assemble and launch immediately. Meanwhile the crew aboard the stricken yacht were frantically trying to drop their anchor and reduce sail.     
 
Soon on scene, the ALB found the yacht with their anchor deployed but still struggling with their sails. Lifeboat crewman Richard Larmour was put aboard the stricken vessel to assist the crew and to rig a towline. With the tow attached and the anchor recovered the yacht was towed out to deeper water. Safely away from the rocks the yacht’s crew rigged their emergency steering and deployed a drogue whilst being towed to Sovereign Harbour. Safely in the outer harbour the tow was passed to a waiting marina workboat which took the stricken vessel through the locks and on to a holding pontoon awaiting repair works. Meanwhile the ALB was refuelled and made ready for service.
Byline: Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat (ALB) raced to the assistance of a stricken yacht which had lost steerage dangerously close to submerged rocks near the Holywell pleasure beach.
Page Content: The 37ft yacht put out a Mayday distress broadcast shortly after noon today (17 April) when it suddenly lost steerage under full sail after rounding Beachy Head in a brisk SW wind. Being rapidly blown towards submerged rocks at an area known locally as The Pound the crew were left with no alternative but to request immediate assistance. The distress broadcast was simultaneously picked up by the rescue co-ordinating centre at Dover Coastguard and the Coxswain of Eastbourne lifeboat who put out a page for the crew to assemble and launch immediately. Meanwhile the crew aboard the stricken yacht were frantically trying to drop their anchor and reduce sail.     
 
Soon on scene, the ALB found the yacht with their anchor deployed but still struggling with their sails. Lifeboat crewman Richard Larmour was put aboard the stricken vessel to assist the crew and to rig a towline. With the tow attached and the anchor recovered the yacht was towed out to deeper water. Safely away from the rocks the yacht’s crew rigged their emergency steering and deployed a drogue whilst being towed to Sovereign Harbour. Safely in the outer harbour the tow was passed to a waiting marina workboat which took the stricken vessel through the locks and on to a holding pontoon awaiting repair works. Meanwhile the ALB was refuelled and made ready for service.