Midnight-rescue-by-Eastbourne-Lifeboat

Byline: Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat went to the assistance of a 28ft yacht with engine failure last night (30/31 May) which was attempting to cross the busy shipping lanes fifteen miles offshore with three people on board.
Page Content: The drama began to unfold during Friday afternoon when the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Dover Coastguard was alerted to the yacht which had suffered engine failure and was attempting to return to Sovereign Harbour. The yacht was part of a flotilla which had set sail at 4.00am bound for Fecamp in Northern France but just 18 miles from the French coast the vessel suffered a mechanical failure. Having made the decision to return to Eastbourne under sail for repairs the crew alerted Dover Coastguard via mobile phone to inform them of their change of plan. The MRCC instructed the yacht’s crew to make contact on an hourly basis so that their progress could be monitored. During the course of the evening, communications became broken and finally lost and the yachts reported positions were becoming unrealistic. Fortunately the cruise liner Azura was in the area on passage to Belgium and was able to relay radio transmissions between MRCC and the stricken yacht, the reported positions however were still giving course for concern. With the yacht attempting to cross the busy shipping lanes in the dark with slight winds and a tired crew the decision was taken for Eastbourne lifeboat to be launched at 21.45 to assist. The yacht was located at 22.40 about 15 miles off Beachy Head and taken under tow for the long trip back to Harbour arriving at Sovereign at approximately 02.00 on Saturday morning. 
Byline: Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat went to the assistance of a 28ft yacht with engine failure last night (30/31 May) which was attempting to cross the busy shipping lanes fifteen miles offshore with three people on board.
Page Content: The drama began to unfold during Friday afternoon when the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Dover Coastguard was alerted to the yacht which had suffered engine failure and was attempting to return to Sovereign Harbour. The yacht was part of a flotilla which had set sail at 4.00am bound for Fecamp in Northern France but just 18 miles from the French coast the vessel suffered a mechanical failure. Having made the decision to return to Eastbourne under sail for repairs the crew alerted Dover Coastguard via mobile phone to inform them of their change of plan. The MRCC instructed the yacht’s crew to make contact on an hourly basis so that their progress could be monitored. During the course of the evening, communications became broken and finally lost and the yachts reported positions were becoming unrealistic. Fortunately the cruise liner Azura was in the area on passage to Belgium and was able to relay radio transmissions between MRCC and the stricken yacht, the reported positions however were still giving course for concern. With the yacht attempting to cross the busy shipping lanes in the dark with slight winds and a tired crew the decision was taken for Eastbourne lifeboat to be launched at 21.45 to assist. The yacht was located at 22.40 about 15 miles off Beachy Head and taken under tow for the long trip back to Harbour arriving at Sovereign at approximately 02.00 on Saturday morning.