Three-callouts-in-24-hours-for-Eastbourne-lifeboats

Byline: Eastbourne lifeboats have been launched three times in the last 24 hours, twice to the same vessel and once to investigate an object found partially submerged 18 miles offshore.
Page Content: Yesterday afternoon Dover Coastguard received a number of telephone calls from members of the public concerned that a yacht in Pevensey Bay had either become entangled in fishing gear or was experiencing other problems. The inshore lifeboat was launched to investigate at 17.30. When on scene the volunteer crew found a single handed yachtsman making extremely slow progress towards Sovereign Harbour and refused all offers of assistance. Three hours later the Sovereign Sailing club rescue boat was returning to harbour and came alongside the yacht to check if all was OK since it was still making little or no progress. The yacht’s skipper admitted he was having trouble, his foresail had shredded and he was unable to make headway with his engine. The safety boat contacted Sovereign Harbour who in turn informed Dover Coastguard who confirmed it was the same vessel as in the previous incident. Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was launched to escort the yacht into the locks. The vessel was met at the marina by a local coastguard officer who offered safety advice to the skipper.

Shortly after 09.30 this morning (5 June) the dredger Sand Fulmar was 18 miles off Eastbourne when they came across what appeared to be the upturned hull of a fishing boat floating just below the surface. Dover Coastguard was informed and Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was immediately launched whilst the Sand Fulmar stood by the object. When on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew were able to conduct a detailed inspection and the object was identified as the metal doors of a large shipping container. Neither the lifeboat nor the dredger had suitable equipment capable of lifting the object and it was not possible to mark it in any way. An obvious hazard to navigation, further attempts will be co-ordinated by Dover Coastguard to recover, sink or mark the object.

Byline: Eastbourne lifeboats have been launched three times in the last 24 hours, twice to the same vessel and once to investigate an object found partially submerged 18 miles offshore.
Page Content: Yesterday afternoon Dover Coastguard received a number of telephone calls from members of the public concerned that a yacht in Pevensey Bay had either become entangled in fishing gear or was experiencing other problems. The inshore lifeboat was launched to investigate at 17.30. When on scene the volunteer crew found a single handed yachtsman making extremely slow progress towards Sovereign Harbour and refused all offers of assistance. Three hours later the Sovereign Sailing club rescue boat was returning to harbour and came alongside the yacht to check if all was OK since it was still making little or no progress. The yacht’s skipper admitted he was having trouble, his foresail had shredded and he was unable to make headway with his engine. The safety boat contacted Sovereign Harbour who in turn informed Dover Coastguard who confirmed it was the same vessel as in the previous incident. Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was launched to escort the yacht into the locks. The vessel was met at the marina by a local coastguard officer who offered safety advice to the skipper.

Shortly after 09.30 this morning (5 June) the dredger Sand Fulmar was 18 miles off Eastbourne when they came across what appeared to be the upturned hull of a fishing boat floating just below the surface. Dover Coastguard was informed and Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was immediately launched whilst the Sand Fulmar stood by the object. When on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew were able to conduct a detailed inspection and the object was identified as the metal doors of a large shipping container. Neither the lifeboat nor the dredger had suitable equipment capable of lifting the object and it was not possible to mark it in any way. An obvious hazard to navigation, further attempts will be co-ordinated by Dover Coastguard to recover, sink or mark the object.