Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon (Saturday) after a 34 foot yacht with three people on board suffered engine failure while approaching Sovereign Harbour.
Unable to safely negotiate the Harbour entrance under sail alone, the crew of the yacht called for assistance from the Dover coastguard. Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was soon on scene and took the vessel under tow and passed the vessel to the harbour workboat in the outer harbour.
On their way out of harbour to assist the yacht, the volunteer lifeboat crew spotted a 38 foot motor cruiser with five people on board which had strayed from the buoyed channel and had run aground.
Once the yacht was in the safe hands of the harbour workboat crew, the lifeboat returned to the beached cruiser.
Crewman Richard Larmour was transferred to the stricken vessel and, with the approval of the cruiser’s skipper, a towline was rigged and the vessel dragged from the mud back into the dredged channel from where it made its own way into the marina locks.