Busy night for Eastbourne lifeboats


Both Eastbourne lifeboats were called into action on Thursday night.

Lifeboat officials have just released details.

The volunteer crews first assisted a visiting Dutch yacht and later a large motor cruiser with steering problems.

At 8.15pm a family of four aboard their 37ft yacht reported they had picked up some discarded rope around their propeller and were unable to motor into Sovereign Harbour.

The inshore lifeboat was launchedand the crew connected a towline and took the disabled vessel into the marina locks where it was collected by the harbour work-boat.

At 10.45pm the crew pagers were again activated, this time when the skipper of a 40ft twin engine motor cruiser reported to Dover Coastguard he had lost steering and was heading for Sovereign Harbour for repairs.

Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat was launched and volunteer helmsman Alan Simister was transferred across to assess the cruiser’s condition and steered the disabled boat through the marina locks using the twin engines and limited steering.

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