Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was launched on Monday afternoon (20 April) to recover a stranded yacht which had suffered an electrical failure whilst approaching Harbour.
The 35ft sail training yacht with six cadets on board suffered a battery failure meaning the crew were unable to start the vessels engine for the final approach to Sovereign Harbour following their passage from the Solent. In a brisk force 5 easterly wind on a falling tide it was considered too hazardous to attempt to sail through the narrow harbour entrance so the crew wisely requested assistance from Dover Coastguard. Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was requested to launch to collect the yacht and bring it into the safety of the marina locks. Quickly on scene the volunteer ALB crew passed a towline and drogue (a sea break to stop the towed vessel being swept off course by wind and tide) to the stricken vessel and took it into the marina locks where it was collected by the harbour workboat.