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Byline: More drama unfolded this afternoon for the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats when a 37ft cruiser was reported to be on fire, followed by a pair of youths distressed in an inflatable dinghy.
Page Content: Having already dealt with a pair of anglers in trouble this morning, Eastbourne lifeboats were once again called into action this afternoon when the skipper of a 37ft cruiser reported he had a suspected fire on board. Dover Coastguard received the call from the anxious skipper to say that he had a strong smell of diesel on board and that there was smoke coming from his engine. Having shut down the engine and reported his dilemma, he awaited the arrival of Eastbourne lifeboat. When on scene the lifeboat crew established that there was no actual fire but steam coming from the overheated engine had caused the alert and that a leakage from the fuel system, caused by a fractured fuel line, had caused the smell of diesel. The vessel was taken under tow to Sovereign Harbour where it was met by local fire & rescue crews who confirmed the original diagnosis by the lifeboat crew.

Shortly thereafter the crew pagers were again activated, this time to ‘999’ reports from several members of the public, that two youths in an inflatable dinghy were screaming for help off the Fort Fun leisure park.  The inshore lifeboat was launched and the volunteer crew found two 17-year-olds, unable to combat the wind and tide in their inflatable toy, drifting out to sea. The casualties were taken aboard the ILB and returned to the beach where strong safety advice regarding local wind and tide was offered.  

Byline: More drama unfolded this afternoon for the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats when a 37ft cruiser was reported to be on fire, followed by a pair of youths distressed in an inflatable dinghy.
Page Content: Having already dealt with a pair of anglers in trouble this morning, Eastbourne lifeboats were once again called into action this afternoon when the skipper of a 37ft cruiser reported he had a suspected fire on board. Dover Coastguard received the call from the anxious skipper to say that he had a strong smell of diesel on board and that there was smoke coming from his engine. Having shut down the engine and reported his dilemma, he awaited the arrival of Eastbourne lifeboat. When on scene the lifeboat crew established that there was no actual fire but steam coming from the overheated engine had caused the alert and that a leakage from the fuel system, caused by a fractured fuel line, had caused the smell of diesel. The vessel was taken under tow to Sovereign Harbour where it was met by local fire & rescue crews who confirmed the original diagnosis by the lifeboat crew.

Shortly thereafter the crew pagers were again activated, this time to ‘999’ reports from several members of the public, that two youths in an inflatable dinghy were screaming for help off the Fort Fun leisure park.  The inshore lifeboat was launched and the volunteer crew found two 17-year-olds, unable to combat the wind and tide in their inflatable toy, drifting out to sea. The casualties were taken aboard the ILB and returned to the beach where strong safety advice regarding local wind and tide was offered.