Coastguard helicopter and lifeboats in exercise off Eastbourne

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The volunteer crew members of Eastbourne lifeboats were kept busy on Sunday taking part in a joint exercise with the coastguard rescue helicopter in the morning followed by a real life rescue in the afternoon

Both Eastbourne lifeboats were involved in the joint training exercise on Sunday morning when they liaised with coastguard rescue helicopter 104 in a bay off Eastbourne and practised various recovery techniques.

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During the late afternoon the all-weather lifeboat was back in action when it was called to assist a 31ft yacht with two people on board which had suffered engine failure five miles offshore in choppy seas and was unable to enter Sovereign Harbour unaided.

The yacht was taken under tow to the marina locks where it was passed to the harbour work boat.

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