Lifeboat is launched during thunderstorm

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Eastbourne lifeboat launched during a thunderstorm last night (Thursday) when a Dutch yacht with two people on board called for help.

Originally the pair on the 10 metre yacht had contacted Sovereign Harbour to report they had lost all power but it later transpired they had lost engine power only.

The Maritime Rescue and Communication Centre (MRCC) at Dover Coastguard was also alert to the situation but reports from the yacht, which was off the Sovereign Harbour, indicated they did not require assistance. But fortunately some of the volunteer lifeboat crew were also monitoring radio communications and assembled at the lifeboat station in anticipation of being required. During the storm the yacht then went on to request immediate assistance having lost all their navigation equipment. With the All Weather Lifeboat crew ready for launch they were quickly able to locate the stricken vessel some four miles offshore. It was then towed to Sovereign Harbour.