Lifeboat callout interrupts wedding party

Lifeboat call out SUS-160718-150212001
Lifeboat call out SUS-160718-150212001

A second party to celebrate the Eastbourne lifeboat coxswain’s wedding was interrupted after two call outs to stricken vessels at the weekend.

Mark Sawyer and his new wife Trina hosted a party on Saturday night for all the volunteer crew, friends and family to celebrate their recent nuptials.

But almost inevitably the event was twice interrupted when the crew members were paged to assist boats in trouble.

An RNLI spokesperson said the first call for help was received at 6pm when a rope got entwined around the propeller of a 10 metre yacht on passage to Eastbourne five miles from the harbour entrance.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched and towed the vessel to the marina locks.

“Less than three hours later the volunteer crew were again paged when a 30ft motor cruiser suffered engine failure in Pevensey Bay,” said the spokesperson.

“The ALB was re-launched and took the cruiser under tow to Sovereign Harbour.”

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