Eastbourne lifeboat rescues stranded yacht

Eastbourne lifeboat was called out to rescue a stranded yacht on Thursday evening (April 21) after the ship suddenly lost power.

Friday, 22nd April 2016, 11:03 am
Updated Friday, 22nd April 2016, 12:10 pm
Lifeboat crews towed the stranded yacht back to Sovereign Harbour SUS-160422-105932001

The 30ft yacht was returning to Sovereign Harbour with two people on board when it suffered an engine failure at around 6pm.

Unable to sail against wind and tide, the yacht was being swept out from shore. Without electrical power to radio for help, the skipper had to resort to a mobile phone to call for assistance.

A spokesman for Eastbourne RNLI said, “Fortunately there was a mobile signal and eventually HM Coastguard was alerted who requested Eastbourne RNLI to respond.

“Leaving Sovereign Harbour at low tide the lifeboat with its volunteer crew set out to rendezvous with the yacht some two miles south of Beachy Head.

“Soon on scene, a line was attached and the yacht was slowly towed back to Sovereign Harbour.”

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