Eastbourne lifeboat rescues sinking yacht

Yacht rescued by Eastbourne lifeboat SUS-161107-140840001
Yacht rescued by Eastbourne lifeboat SUS-161107-140840001

Eastbourne’s lifeboat rescued a yacht which started to sink while sailing across the Channel to France.

The lifeboat launched just after 9am on Saturday (July 9) after receiving a distress call from a lone yachtsman 25 miles offshore.

The 12m Swiss-registered yacht had begun taking on water whilst en route to Le Havre in Normandy and the bilge pump was unable to cope.

The Eastbourne-based fishing vessel Hope Gap, which was in the vicinity of the yacht, offered to help and in consultation with the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) at Dover Coastguard it was agreed that the crew would take the yachtsman onboard to wait for the lifeboat.

The yacht was towed back to Sovereign Harbour.

Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat was then called out to rescue someone who had been cut off the tide on the beach at Seven Sisters – and to locate a woman who had jumped off Beachy Head.

The Newhaven lifeboat took over the Seven Sisters rescue, while Eastbourne lifeboat and the Coastguard rescue helicopter found a body on the beach at Beachy Head.

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