Eastbourne life boat rescued a yacht off Beachy Head and an angling boat with engine failure as soaring temperatures and sunshine saw hundreds of sailors take to the water.
Sovereign Harbour had one of its busiest days of the year as people made the most of the sun, with both RNLI lifeboats being launched.
Just after 2pm, Dover Coastguard was contacted by the crew of a 10 metre yacht to say they had run out of fuel and were unable to sail due to lack of wind whilst rounding Beachy Head.
Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was requested to launch to their assistance.
With the disabled yacht under tow heading back to Sovereign Harbour, the volunteer lifeboat crew spotted an elderly angler in a six metre boat slowly rowing his craft off Langney Point.
The ALB pulled alongside to enquire if all was well.
The angler was unable to start his outboard engine and was having difficulty rowing the heavy vessel and gladly accepted the offer of help.
Dover Coastguard was alerted and Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched to assist.
The ALB returned the stricken yacht to Sovereign Harbour and the ILB towed the angling boat back to the Angling Club beach at Fisherman’s Green.