Eastbourne lifeboat rescues stricken angling craft

The boat is towed to safety
The boat is towed to safety

BOTH Eastbourne lifeboats were called into action last week when a couple of angling boats suffered mechanical failures within two hours of each other and had to call the emergency services for assistance.

The first call was shortly after 9am when a small sports boat with two people on board contacted Dover Coastguard by mobile telephone.

The vessel was only 400 yards offshore near the entrance to Sovereign Harbour where the occupants were unable to use their anchor and were drifting uncontrollably in the tide.

The inshore lifeboat was launched and the vessel was towed back to the beach from where it was originally launched.

Two hours later Dover Coastguard received a VHF radio call from a 23ft sports/angling boat eight miles south east of Sovereign Harbour.

The lone angler aboard his well maintained vessel was unable to start his engine due to an undiagnosed electrical fault.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 11.30am and towed the boat back to the harbour.