Fishing vessel towed in to Eastbourne after steering problems

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EASTBOURNE RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat went to the assistance of the town’s largest fishing vessel on Thursday afternoon after it had suffered a steering malfunction whilst approaching Sovereign Harbour

The 40 tonne fishing vessel, Royal Sovereign, reported to Dover Coastguard that it had developed steering problems whilst returning to port and required assistance.

Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat The Royal Thames was tasked to rendezvous with the stricken vessel five miles offshore to assist. The vessel was taken under tow and returned to the safety of the locks at Sovereign Harbour.