RNLI launch to racing yacht

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Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched on Wednesday evening (May 15) after a racing yacht ran in to trouble.

The new evening race series got off to an unsuccessful start for one of the crews when a stray spinnaker halyard became entangled around the yacht’s rudder and propeller.

It happened while the crew were manoeuvring at the start of the race. They had no choice but to call for help because they had restricted steerage and were too close inshore to take any risk.

The vessel and three people on board were taken under tow back to the marina locks.