m_CIMG1562Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee was launched this afternoon to assist a small angling boat in difficulties five miles off Sovereign Harbour 

The angling boat with two persons on board had been fishing during the afternoon and decided to return to port when the sun began to set and the temperature started to drop. Unfortunately for them their boat’s batteries had become exhausted during the afternoon and the vessel’s engine refused to start. With no electrical power the anglers were forced to resort to their mobile phones to request assistance. Fortunately for the anglers they managed to pick up a signal and contacted Dover Coastguard via the 999 emergency services. As a result, the volunteer crew of the Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat quickly assembled and were despatched to assist.

When on scene, Deputy Second Coxswain Ian Stringer was transferred to the stricken vessel to make good a towline. When all was secure the casualty vessel was returned to the safety of Sovereign Harbour.

**Reminder** Join the crew on the Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour Sun 8 Dec. to celebrate the festive season with a selection of favourite Carols accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.