Eastbourne RNLI was called out yesterday to help with two yachts which had suffered engine failure.
In the first incident, the all-weather lifeboat was diverted to Pevesney Bay during a routine Sunday morning’s training exercise following a report that a yacht had lost engine power and required assistance to return to harbour.
A lifeboat crewman was put aboard the 35-foot yacht which had four people on board and towed to the safety of the marina locks at Sovereign Harbour. Later in the day, the lifeboat was called to help a 32-foot yacht which had suffered engine failure. A yacht, on its way to Brighton with four people on board, was unable to make way against wind and tide while attempting to round Beachy Head.
Dover Coastguard was alerted to the situation and the volunteer lifeboat crew towed the yacht under tow back to Sovereign Harbour.
An RNLI spokesman said: “It’s a timely reminder at the start of the season for all boaters to check their engines and safety equipment before putting to sea after the long winter layup.”