The Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’ was launched to help a small angling vessel that got in trouble five miles off Sovereign Harbour.
The boat, which has two people on board, had been fishing all afternoon and were just about to return to port as the sun began to set and temperatures started to drop.
However, the angling boat’s batteries had become exhausted during the course of the afternoon and so the engine refused to start.
With no electrical power, the anglers were forced to resort to their mobile phones to request assistance. Fortunately for them, they managed to pick up a signal and contacted Dover Coastguard via the 999 emergency services.
As a result, the volunteer crew of the Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat quickly assembled and were despatched to assist.
When on scene, Deputy Second Coxswain Ian Springer was transferred to the stricken vessel to make good a towline. When all was secure the casualty vessel was returned to the safety of Sovereign Harbour.