The lifeboat crew was called out on Thursday afternoon to help a yacht skipper whose craft had suffered engine failure.
Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat went to the assistance of the visiting yacht which had got into difficulties on the final approaches to Sovereign Harbour
The skipper of the 26ft yacht radioed Dover Coastguard at around 3pm to inform them that he was unable to start the engine of his yacht on the final approaches to Sovereign Harbour.
The emergency services stood by until it became obvious that the crew of the stricken vessel was unable to solve their problem.
Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched to assist.#
Swiftly on scene, volunteer crewman Alex Emberley was put aboard the casualty vessel to rig a towline.
The vessel was then towed into the safety of the marina locks where it was met by harbour personnel.
• Eastbourne has celebrated more than 185 years as a lifeboat station and currently operates an all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’ and an inshore D-Class lifeboat ‘Laurence and Percy Hobbs’.