Eastbourne lifeboat crews found themselves dealing with more yachts suffering engine failures.
After a spate of breakdowns off the coast at the weekend, they were queuing up to be rescued yesterday afternoon when two yachts suffered engine failure and were unable to make their way unassisted back to the safety of Sovereign Harbour.
The first call at 3pm for the all-weather lifeboat was to the 32ft ketch Lazy Days which had suffered a recurrence of the engine failure which prompted a call-out for the ALB on Sunday afternoon.
The crew anchored off Eastbourne and waited for the lifeboat o collect them and return the vessel to harbour. Crewman Richard Larmour was transferred to the stricken ketch to retrieve the anchor and set up the towline.
As the crew was approaching the harbour with the ketch under tow, they received another request for assistance from another yacht with engine failure on the approaches to Sovereign Harbour.
Lazy Days was passed to the boarding boat in the outer harbour for transfer into the marina locks before returning to sea to recover the second yacht.