Weekend-rescue-updates-from-Eastbourne-lifeboats

Byline: Eastbourne lifeboats were in action again this weekend dealing with two incidents, both involving small yachts suffering mechanical problems whilst attempting to make their way into Sovereign Harbour.
Page Content: On Saturday evening Dover Coastguard were alerted to a 26ft yacht which was on passage from Ramsgate with three people on board. The skipper reported the vessel was running low on fuel and was having difficulties sailing against wind and tide. Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat was launched and met the incoming yacht in Pevensey Bay. Crewman Alan Simister was put aboard the casualty vessel to assist with connecting a towline, the vessel was then towed into Sovereign Harbour. The ALB stood by whilst the yacht under its own power entered the safety of the marina locks.

During one of the busiest periods of the summer so far a 20ft yacht with four people on board suffered an engine failure just 500 metres from the entrance to Sovereign Harbour. To avoid being blown onto the beach the skipper deployed an anchor and contacted Dover Coastguard for assistance. Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat crew were refuelling following their Sunday morning exercise and were able to quickly re-launch and be on scene within a matter of minutes. The yacht was towed to the harbour entrance and passed to a waiting marina work boat, the lifeboat crew then returned to station where they made the ILB ready for service.

Byline: Eastbourne lifeboats were in action again this weekend dealing with two incidents, both involving small yachts suffering mechanical problems whilst attempting to make their way into Sovereign Harbour.
Page Content: On Saturday evening Dover Coastguard were alerted to a 26ft yacht which was on passage from Ramsgate with three people on board. The skipper reported the vessel was running low on fuel and was having difficulties sailing against wind and tide. Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat was launched and met the incoming yacht in Pevensey Bay. Crewman Alan Simister was put aboard the casualty vessel to assist with connecting a towline, the vessel was then towed into Sovereign Harbour. The ALB stood by whilst the yacht under its own power entered the safety of the marina locks.

During one of the busiest periods of the summer so far a 20ft yacht with four people on board suffered an engine failure just 500 metres from the entrance to Sovereign Harbour. To avoid being blown onto the beach the skipper deployed an anchor and contacted Dover Coastguard for assistance. Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat crew were refuelling following their Sunday morning exercise and were able to quickly re-launch and be on scene within a matter of minutes. The yacht was towed to the harbour entrance and passed to a waiting marina work boat, the lifeboat crew then returned to station where they made the ILB ready for service.