Action packed weekend for Eastbourne lifeboats

Eastbourne lifeboat (stock photo) SUS-150704-094025001
Eastbourne lifeboat (stock photo) SUS-150704-094025001

Three vessels suffering various degrees of mechanical failures were recovered by the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats over the weekend.

The first callout was on Saturday when the all weather boat was called to help and eight metre cruiser with two people on board which had run out of fuel off Holywell at the western end of Eastbourne promenade.

The vessel was taken under tow, with newly qualified deputy coxswain Dave Needham at the helm, back to Sovereign Harbour. Later in the evening both boats were at Beachy Head to support walkers who completed the annual challenge to walk around the lighthouse at low tide.

On Sunday morning the volunteer inshore lifeboat crew was requested to recover a body from the foot of cliffs at Beachy Head.

The casualty was taken to the inshore lifeboat station and passed to the police coroner.

At lunchtime the all weather lifeboat crew was paged to go to the aid of a 37ft yacht which was suffering with jammed sails and a seized gearbox off Beachy Head and drifting west in the strong tidal flow.

The vessel and its two occupants was collected and towed back to Sovereign Harbour.

While the volunteer crew were dealing with this incident, reports came in about a second yacht in the same vicinity which had picked up discarded rope around its propeller and was unable to make progress against the tide.

Since the second vessel was in no immediate danger the original tow was completed and the all weather boat then made full speed to the second casualty. Once again a tow was rigged and the 10 metre yacht with its two occupants was towed into harbour where it was passed to a waiting marina work-boat.

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