Eastbourne Lifeboat Callouts 2012

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE
02/06/2012
ILB 22.05hrs
ALB 22.05hrs
Dark
Stormy
North Easterly
Force 5-6
Rough
Dark
ILB23.55hrs
ALB 23.55hrs
ILB 00.25hrs
ALB 00.25hrs

ILB Launch no 26
ALB Launch no 13

Concerns were raised when Police found clothing on the beach near Eastbourne’s Sovereign Centre shortly before 9pm last night. Fearful that a person was in the water Dover Coastguard requested the launch of both RNLI lifeboats to search the area.

both volunteer crews searched an area between Eastbourne pier and Langney Point for three hours in testing sea conditions with a 2 metre swell and strong winds. With nothing found the search was abandoned shortly before midnight and the crews returned to station.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE
02/06/2012
ILB 12.55hrs
Dull
North Easterly
Force 5
Rough
Dark
13.30hrs
14.00hrs

ILB Launch no 25 

The Inshore lifeboat was launched to rescue a windsurfer who was in difficulties off the popular Spray Watersports beach. The windsurfer was quickly recovered and returned to shore.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE
31/05/2012
17.39hrs
Sunny
South Westerly
Force 4
Moderate
Good
19.45hrs
20.10hrs

The all-weather lifeboat went to the assistance of the town’s largest fishing vessel on Thursday afternoon after it had suffered a steering malfunction whilst approaching Sovereign Harbour  

 

The 40 tonne fishing vessel reported to Dover Coastguard that it had developed steering problems whilst returning to port and required assistance. Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat The Royal Thames was tasked to rendezvous with the stricken vessel five miles offshore to assist.

The vessel was taken under tow and returned to the safety of the locks at Sovereign Harbour.   

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE
28/05/2012
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
Good
TBA
TBA

ILB Launch no 24
ALB Launch no 12

Shortly after midnight, both boats were despatched to Beachy Head to assist Coastguard officers with the recovery of a casualty at the foot of the cliffs.     

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE
27/05/2012
TBA
Sunny
North
Easterly
Force 5
Moderate
Good
TBA
TBA

ILB Launch no 23

Two swimmers had to be plucked from the sea and returned to shore when they became exhausted

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE
27/05/2012
TBA
Sunny
North
Easterly
Force 5
Moderate
Good
TBA
TBA

ILB Launch no 22

The Inshore Lifeboat launched following a report that  an adult and child were tipped out of their kayak

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

27/05/2012

TBA

Sunny

North

Easterly

Force 5

Moderate

Good

TBA

TBA

ILB Launch no 21

The Inshore Lifeboat launched following a report thata small sports boat with six people on board required assistance

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

26/05/2012

TBA

Sunny

North

Easterly

Force 5

Moderate

Good

TBA

TBA

ILB Launch no 20

The Inshore Lifeboat launched following a report that two swimmers were in difficulty near Cooden Beach and were clinging to a marker buoy.

After a fruitless search extending into the evening the volunteer crew were stood down, the conclusion by the combined rescue services being that the callout was a false alarm.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

26/05/2012

TBA

Sunny

North

Easterly

Force 5

Moderate

Good

TBA

TBA

ILB Launch no 19

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched to assist a sailing club’s safety boat when it developed a mechanical fault and returned it to Sovereign Harbour

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

26/05/2012

ILB 08.33hrsALB 10.30hrs

Sunny

North

Easterly

Force 5

Moderate

Good

ILB 13.40hrs

ALB13.35hrs

ILB 14.15hrs

ALB 14.10hrs

ILB Launch no 18
ALB Launch no 11

When an empty kayak was seen to be washed ashore in Pevensey Bay concerned onlookers informed Dover Coastguard who immediately requested the launch of Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat to investigate.  

Having examined the vessel along with Coastguard officers on scene, the volunteer crew concluded that it was in good condition and unlikely to have been abandoned. A comprehensive sea search was therefore initiated for a possible casualty in the water. After two hours without success it was decided to increase the search area by launching Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat and rescue helicopter 125 to assist. Meanwhile Police and Coastguard Officers from Eastbourne and Bexhill were busy conducting enquiries ashore.

Finally at approximately 1.30pm it was discovered that the kayak had been stolen from the Hastings area the previous evening. The combined rescue services came to the decision that if there was a person in the water they would have been located by the lifeboats or helicopter during their co-ordinated search. The operation was therefore stood down at 1.35pm with Dover Coastguard thanking Eastbourne lifeboats for their attendance.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

22/05/2012

TBA

Sunny

North

Easterly

Force 2

Slight

Good

TBA

TBA

ILB Launch no 17

A report was received that a paddle boarder was in trouble off the popular Holywell area of Eastbourne’s promenade.

As with the kayaker incident the person was unable to remount his board and was in serious danger. The lifeboat crew recovered the paddle-boarder and returned him to the beach at Holywell where he was passed into the care of a waiting ambulance crew who treated him for the effects of possible hypothermia. Volunteer helmsman Paul Rogers commented that it was fortunate that both casualties he recovered from the sea were wearing suitable protective equipment which certainly increased their chances of survival.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

22/05/2012

TBA

Sunny

North

Easterly

Force 2

Slight

Good

TBA

TBA

ILB Launch no 16

Following the recent launch to a Kayaker in trouble in Norman’s Bay, the volunteer ILB crew have responded to two more incidents over the last 24 hours.

The crew were retasked within an hour of reporting to Dover Coastguard that they were ready for service to another incident. This time a rucksack was found on the beach which prompted concern that a possible missing person was in the water. A three hour search by the RNLI crew aboard the ILB ensued. Just before the search was expanded to include a rescue helicopter and Eastbourne’s all weather lifeboat, the Police located the ‘missing’ person at home safely asleep in bed.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

22/05/2012

11.25hrs

Sunny

North

Easterly

Force 2

Slight

Good

12.05hrs

12.30hrs

ILB Launch no 15

Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) went to the rescue of a kayaker who had fallen out of his craft in Norman’s Bay and had spent an hour in the water trying to attract attention to his plight

The man was enjoying the Eastbourne sunshine and angling a few hundred metres offshore in his kayak when he fell out of his craft whilst stowing his fishing gear. Fortunately he was well equipped with a wet suit and buoyancy aid but had no means of summoning help and was forced to wave at anglers on the beach to attract attention. After some time he was noticed by concerned onlookers who contacted Dover Coastguard. The volunteer crew from Eastbourne ILB assembled and were afloat within five minutes of the request to launch and with helmsman Paul Rogers in command were on scene within 12 minutes. The kayaker was cold and shaken but otherwise unharmed and was returned to shore with his craft and passed into the care of a waiting Coastguard officer.

 

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

20/05/2012

15.05hrs

Sunny

ALB Launch no 10

As the ALB was entering harbour another distress call was received, this time to a 25 tonne all steel former Thames class lifeboat. The vessel, now in private ownership was one of only two build for the RNLI and was in service from the 1970’s up until 1997. The vessel was experiencing fuel supply problems and was only able to proceed at very low speed and, like the earlier yacht, was unable to make way against the tide around Beachy Head. The ALB rigged a tow and returned the vessel to the outer harbour where it made its own way into the locks.      

 

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

20/05/2012

15.05hrs

Sunny

ALB Launch no 9

A 26ft sailing boat with two persons on board which had encountered difficulties whilst rounding Beachy Head. With failing winds the skipper was forced to use his engine to combat the effects of the tide but unfortunately it suffered a malfunction which left the vessel drifting helplessly. Faced with the option of anchoring or waiting for the tide to turn the skipper opted to call for help. The ALB took the yacht under tow and returned it to Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

13/05/2012

15.05hrs

Sunny

South

Westerly

Force 4

Slight

Good

16.00hrs

16.25hrs

ILB Launch no 14

Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched to hikers thought to be in danger of being cut off by the tide at Beachy Head 

The skipper of a yacht rounding Beachy Head informed Dover Coastguard when he noticed a couple on the beach and thought they had been cut off by the tide. Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat was launched and was quickly on scene. The couple were found to be aware of the state of tide and were in no danger.

An RNLI spokesman said the incident served as a timely reminder to walkers along this potentially hazardous stretch of coastline that tide tables should be consulted before venturing along the beach between Birling Gap and Cow Gap.  

 

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

09/05/2012

ILB 18.46hrs

ALB 20.10hrs

Clear

South

Westerly

Force 2

Slight

Good

Both Boats

21.25hrs

Both Boats

21.45hrs

ILB Launch no 13
ALB Launch no 8

An empty rowing boat seen drifting 100 metres off Norman’s Bay prompted a major search by both Eastbourne lifeboats

Initially Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was called upon by Dover Coastguard to investigate the drifting dinghy and search the area for any possible missing person. Having recovered the dinghy and conducted a fruitless search of the immediate area it was considered likely that the dinghy had either been washed from the beach in the exceptionally high tides or had been cast adrift by vandals. On the verge of returning to station, confusing accounts were received from shore indicating that a person had been seen in the suspect boat earlier. With this new information, and with darkness closing in, Eastbourne’s allweather lifeboat (ALB) was scrambled to join the search.

A comprehensive search was initiated, taking account of wind and tide directions. Eventually after over two hours with nothing found both boats were stood down and returned to station. Following further investigation it was assumed that the sighting of a person in the boat was likely to have been a volunteer ILB crewman investigating the initial call. The second part of the search and launch of the ALB was logged as a false alarm with good intent.

 

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

08/05/2012

15.25hrs

Bright

North North

Easterly

Force 2

Slight

Good

16.50hrs

17.15hrs

ALB Launch no 7

Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was called into service after a local Bass fisherman became stranded when he was unable to start the engine of his 5.6 metre boat and was left drifting with the tide.  

Dover Coastguard received the call for help via the fisherman’s VHF radio shortly after 3 pm and requested the launch of Eastbourne RNLI lifeboat. Locating the stricken vessel 7 miles offshore the volunteer crew rigged a towline and returned the vessel to the safety of the marina locks at Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME Paged WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Cancel Page

08/05/2012

08.21hrs

Cloudy

South

Westerly

Force 2-3

Slight

Good

5 miles

08.30hrs

ILB Launch no 12 (Standby)

Dover coastguard requested the launch of the Eastbourne Inshore Lifeboat to assist Bexhill Coastguard unit and other emergency services with the recovery of a person stuck in the soft mud just to the west of Cooden Beach at Herbrand Walk. Whilst the ILB crew were preparing to launch a call was made to confirm the person had been released from the mud and the lifeboat was stood down.

  

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

15/04/2012

10.10hrs

Sunny

North

Easterly

Force 4

Slight

Good

10.55hrs

11.10hrss

ALB Launch no 6

Eastbourne RNLI’s all weather lifeboat crew diverted from their Sunday morning crew training exercise to assist an 18ft commercial fishing vessel which had suffered engine failure  

The fishing vessel was left drifting helplessly two miles south of Sovereign Harbour when its engine failed. Already afloat, the ALB was quickly on scene and took the stricken vessel under tow. Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also at sea and rendezvoused with the ALB at the harbour entrance and rigged a side–by-side tow. Volunteer helmsman Richard Larmour then manoeuvred the vessel into the harbour locks where it was secured to wait for a harbour workboat.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

06/04/2012

18.45hrs

Clear

North

Easterly

Force 2

Slight

Moderate

20.00hrs

20.15hrss

ALB Launch no 5

Eastbourne’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched to assist two visiting yachts when they strayed from the entrance channel to Sovereign Harbour and ran aground in very low tides

The channel marker buoys had been removed earlier in preparation for dredging operations which are due to commence within the next few days. Combined with the yachts arrival at the bottom of an exceptionally low tide and the lack of channel markers meant that the entrance channel was very narrow and unfortunately the visitors were slightly off course. A harbour workboat was despatched to assist with the deployment of an anchor so that the vessels could wait for the tide to rise.

The entrance to Sovereign Harbour was effectively blocked by the stranded yachts, one of which had suffered engine problems earlier, and so as a precaution Dover Coastguard requested the launch of Eastbourne lifeboat to stand by and assist with the refloating. Two volunteer lifeboat crewmen were transferred to the yacht with engine problems and when there was enough water to refloat the vessel a tow was rigged and it was pulled clear into deeper water. Both yachts then made their way to the harbour locks under their own power.

  

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

04/04/2012

08.42hrs

Sunny

North

Easterly

Slight

Slight

Good

ILB 10.05hrs

ALB 10.20hrs

ILB 10.40hrs

ALB 10.50hrs

ILB Launch no 11
ALB Launch no 4

Both Eastbourne RNLI’s lifeboats were launched this morning (4 April) to assist in the search for what was thought to be a distressed person on the cliffs near Beachy Head

A concerned member of the public contacted the Police when they saw what they thought was a distressed male walking the cliffs at the well known beauty spot. After an exhaustive search involving police helicopter H900, both Eastbourne lifeboats and the coastguard cliff rescue team, a male person was located near Pinnacle Point by the volunteer lifeboat crew. The location was passed to the coastguard officers who interviewed the man and were satisfied that all was well. The combined services were stood down at 09.55.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

26/03/2012

10.41hrs

Sunny

Easterly

Force 2

Smooth

Good

5 miles

11.43hrs

11.58hrss

ILB Launch no 10

A request was made by Dover coastguard for the Eastbourne Inshore Lifeboat to launch to assist the local cliff recovery team with a casualty from the rocks below Beachy Head.

The casualty was already in the care of a local coastguard officer at the base of the cliffs some 400 yards east of Beachy Head lighthouse. The casualty and coastguard officer were picked up by the ILB and brought ashore at the Inshore Lifeboat station. Once ashore the casualty was handed over to the Sussex Police Coroner’s Officer.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

23/03/2012

ALB 22.30hrs

ILB 22.34hrs

Fine

clear night sky

Easterly

Force 2

Calm

Good

5 miles

Both boats

23.40hrs

Both boats

00.15hrs

ALB Launch no 3
ILB Launch no 9

Dover coastguard requested the launch of the both the Eastbourne All-weather Lifeboat and theInshore Lifeboat to assist the local cliff recovery team with a casualty from the rocks below Beachy Head.

The casualty was located below the cliff-top known locally as Shooter’s Bottom. The ALB was able to use its powerful searchlights to light up the area and assist the ILB with location of the casualty. The ILB transferred the casualty over to the Sussex Police on returning to the Inshore Lifeboat station.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

19/03/2012

15.20hrs

Sunny

North Easterly

Force 2

Slight

Good

16.40hrs

17.00hrs

ALB Launch no2

A 10 metre yacht with three people on board became entangled with a pot marker buoy close to the entrance to Sovereign Harbour.  

The yachtsmen put out a distress call when it became obvious that they were firmly anchored by the pot marker, this call was relayed to Dover Coastguard by the Coxswain of Eastbourne lifeboat. HM Coastguard co-ordinated the incident and requested the launch of Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat to assist. Lifeboat mechanic Dan Guy was transferred to the casualty vessel and cut the yacht free from its impediment he then prepared the yacht for the short tow back to harbour. The vessel was then taken under tow by the lifeboat and returned to the safety of the harbour locks.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

15/03/2012

11.20hrs

Fine

South

Westerly

Force 1

Light Airs

Calm

Fog/Poor

1/10mile

12.50hrs

13.50hrs

ILB Launch no 8

Dover coastguard requested the launch of the Eastbourne Inshore Lifeboat to assist the local cliff recovery team with a casualty on the rocks below Beachy Head. Two coastguard officers boarded the ILB at Cow Gap steps to assist with the recovery. The casualty was located some thirty feet up on the rocks just to the west of Beachy Head lighthouse. With the assistance of the coastguard officers the casualty was transferred to the ILB for return to the lifeboat station to be handed over to the Sussex Police Coroner.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

09/03/2012

11.36hrs

Cloudy

Westerly

Force 1

Slight

Good

12.45hrs

13.15hrs

ILB Launch no 6/7

Eastbourne inshore lifeboat was involved in a multi agency incident near Beachy Head following a report of a person stranded on the rocks at the famous landmark 

An alert was raised by the police helicopter on routine patrol at Beachy Head when a male person, apparently uninjured, was spotted on the steep slopes approximately 40ft from the foot of the cliffs. It was initially thought the individual had climbed up to avoid the incoming tide but this theory was soon discounted. Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was scrambled along with the coastguard cliff rescue team, the ambulance and police services.

The male refused to make verbal contact with the volunteer lifeboat crew and the cliff rescue team who by this time had identified the individual as being someone known to them from previous incidents at the same location. It was decided that police officers would walk along the beach to confront the man and encourage him to return to the beach. The Police too were unable to communicate with the man so it was decided by Dover Coastguard who was co-ordinating the rescue attempt that since the man was in no immediate danger all services should withdraw to avoid causing undue stress.

Unfortunately one of the police officers sustained an ankle injury whilst negotiating the rough terrain and had to be collected from the beach by the inshore lifeboat. Both officers were then returned to the ILB station where the injured officer was transferred to a waiting ambulance.

Inshore lifeboat being recovered

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

01/03/2012

16.30hrs

Sunny

Slight

Slight

Good

17.10hrs

17.40hrs

ILB Launch no 5

Eastbourne inshore lifeboat was launched at 4.30pm Thurs. To assist a 24ft cabin cruiser with two people on board when it got into difficulties off Sovereign Harbour

The vessel had suffered an engine failure less than a mile from the entrance to Sovereign Harbour and called Dover Coastguard for assistance. Volunteer crewman Mick Wishman was transferred from the ILB to the casualty vessel to attach a towline. The cruiser was then taken under tow to the safety of the harbour locks.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

29/02/2012

10.00hrs

Sunny

Slight

Slight

Good

TBA

TBA

ILB Launch no 4

Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched to assist Coastguard officers with the recovery of a casualty from the foot of cliffs at Beachy Head

Dover Coastguard had received reports from eye witnesses that a male person was seen to fall from the cliffs at Beachy Head and requested the assistance of Eastbourne lifeboats. The inshore lifeboat collected additional Coastguard officers from Birling Gap and proceeded to the scene to assist with the recovery. The casualty was then returned to the ILB station where he was passed to the care of the Police Coroner.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

29/01/2012

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

ILB Launch no 3

Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat went to the assistance of two visitors when they became cut off by the incoming tide whilst walking along the shore beneath the cliffs at Beachy Head.

The couple had set out earlier from Birling Gap for a bracing work along the shoreline to celebrate a birthday but the afternoon ended in a tense scramble across jagged rocks, waist deep in freezing water for the couple from Richmond. Luckily several other walkers at the top of the cliffs saw the couple’s predicament as they realized their escape from the beach had been cut off by the flooding tide and they alerted the emergency services by dialling 999 on their mobile telephones.

Dover Coastguard coordinated the initial launch of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) but due to difficulty in maintaining radio contact with the ILB close inshore under the cliffs, Solent Coastguard took over mid way through the rescue. Volunteer Helmsman Paul Rogers nudged the ILB into the rocks and the couple were helped aboard by crewmen Richard Larmour and Dan Guy. The cold, wet and very relieved couple were then taken back to the steps at Birling Gap where they were passed to the care of the waiting Coastguard cliff rescue team.

An RNLI spokesman later said that despite repeated warnings people, particularly visitors to the coast, still seem unaware of the extent of the rise and fall of the tide which today was around five metres (over 16ft). Fortunately this couple were relatively fit and agile but if there had been young children or less agile people involved the outcome could easily have been far worse. We urge people to seek expert guidance if they are in any doubt before setting out on these undercliff walks.

 

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

12/01/2012

15.27hrs

Cloudy

NorthWesterly

Force 2

Light Breeze

Calm

Good

16.00hrs

16.20hrs

ILB Launch no 2

The Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch by Dover Coastguard to assist a windsurfer reported to them by a member of the public as being in difficulties.

Once the ILB was on scene it was established the windsurfer had overcome his problem and was making his own way ashore. With no further assistance required the ILB returned to station and was once again made ready for service.

 

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

10/01/2012

ILB 09.24hrs

Fair

Westerly

South Westerly

Force 4

Slight

Good

ILB 09.40hrs

ILB 10.05hrs

ILB Launch no 1

Both Eastbourne RNLI lifeboats were called into action on Tuesday morning when two angling boats suffered mechanical failures within two hours of each other and had to call the emergency services for assistance.

The first call was at 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 and the occupants were unable to use their anchor and were drifting uncontrollably in the tide.

The Inshore Lifeboat was launched and was soon on scene.

The vessel was taken under tow to the beach from where it was originally launched.

DATE TIME Launched WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Released at REFUELED READYFOR SERVICE

10/01/2012

11.30hrs

Fair

Westerly

South Westerly

Force 4

Slight

Good

ALB 13.30hrs

13.50hrs

ALB Launch no 1

Two hours later Dover Coastguard received a VHF radio call from a 23 ft sports/angling boat 8 miles SE 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 11.30 to go to his assistance. When on scene the casualty vessel was taken under tow to commence its long journey back to harbour. When in the safety of the outer harbour the tow was transferred to a waiting work boat which returned it to its berth.