THE RNLI crew at Eastbourne launched the lifeboat to a yacht last Wednesday (September 17).
Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched at 9pm to assist a visiting yachtsman in his 6m electric powered craft which was running low on charge.
The yachtsman was on passage to his home port, and was attempting to enter Sovereign Harbour but after a long day at sea found there was insufficient charge left in his batteries to navigate the harbour entrance.
Being too far offshore for the marina workboat to assist he contacted Dover Coastguard for help, which contacted the RNLI.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were on scene within a few minutes, a crewman was transferred to the stricken craft and prepared a towline. The vessel was then taken to the safety of the marina locks.