The volunteer crews of both Eastbourne lifeboats were requested to launch by Dover Coastguard over the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon a 38ft yacht got into difficulties whilst attempting to enter Sovereign Harbour. A halyard was inadvertently left training in the water and got entangled around the vessels propeller which rendered the engine inoperative. Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat was launched to tow the stricken vessel the short distance into the safety of the marina locks. On Sunday afternoon a small angling vessel with two people on board suffered an engine failure close inshore in Eastbourne Bay. Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat launched to assist. The vessel was towed back to the beach where from which it had originally launched.