Lifeboat called to assist stricken trawler off Belle Tout

Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat continued its busy period when it went to the assistance of a commercial fishing vessel this morning which had suffered engine failure.

The 22ft open fishing boat Spring Tide, with one person on board, lost engine power a mile offshore, east of the Belle Tout lighthouse shortly before 10am.

When they got to the scene, the volunteer crew from Eastbourne ALB rigged a towline and returned the stricken vessel to the safety of the locks at Sovereign Harbour.