Both Eastbourne lifeboats went to the assistance of a large visiting charter yacht on Sunday evening (17 May) when it lost engine power and was unable to enter harbour unaided. 

The crew of the 65ft 40 tonne vessel had alerted Dover Coastguard and marina staff earlier in the day that they were unable to start the yacht’s engine and would require assistance when they reached Sovereign Harbour. Due to the vessels size and weight it was considered prudent by the rescue services that Eastbourne lifeboats should be tasked. The lifeboats along with the marina workboat met the casualty vessel outside the harbour entrance where a towline was rigged. With the inshore lifeboat acting as a brake the stricken vessel was safely towed into the marina locks by the all-weather lifeboat and then passed into the care of the marina workboat.