Eastbourne lifeboat called out

Distressed Eastbourne yacht SUS-190730-104106001
Distressed Eastbourne yacht SUS-190730-104106001

The volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboat were scrambled on Sunday to assist a disabled 12.5 metre yacht which had suffered a mechanical failure.

The yacht with four people on board was two miles from the safety of Sovereign Harbour when it lost all power, according to Eastbourne RNLI.

A lifeboat spokesperson said, “Unable to negotiate the harbour entrance in the prevailing weather conditions, the yachtsmen contacted HM Coastguard for assistance who immediately requested the launch of Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat.

“Quickly on scene the lifeboat crew secured a towline and took the casualty vessel into the marina.”