Fire hit yacht towed to harbour

Stricken fishing boat is towed in to the harbour
Stricken fishing boat is towed in to the harbour

A yacht had to be towed in to Eastbourne Harbour after in caught fire at sea on Friday afternoon (January 11).

Both Eastbourne RNLI’s lifeboats were launched at the request of Dover Coastguard when two people on board a local yacht, called Tui, reported the engine was on fire.

The pair aboard their 26ft yacht were cruising close inshore, around a mile off Sovereign Harbour, when they noticed smoke coming from their engine compartment accompanied with a strong smell of diesel.

They shut their engine down and immediately called Dover Coastguard for assistance. Both in inshore lifeboat and the town’s new all weather lifeboat launched and were on scene in less than 10 minutes.

Both occupants of the casualty vessel were taken aboard the inshore lifeboat and the all weather boat assessed the status of the yacht.

With no fire evident, volunteer crew were put aboard to secure the vessel and rig a towline.

The yacht was then taken under tow to the safety of the locks at Sovereign Harbour where it was examined by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and declared safe.