With Sovereign Harbour experiencing one of its busiest days of the year so far with hundreds of sailors taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine, it didn’t come as too much of a shock that Eastbourne lifeboats would be called into action. Just after 14.00hrs. Dover Coastguard were contacted by the crew of a 10 metre yacht to say they had run out of fuel and were unable to sail due to lack of wind whilst rounding Beachy Head. Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was requested to launch to their assistance. With the disabled yacht under tow heading back to Sovereign Harbour, the volunteer lifeboat crew spotted an elderly angler in a 6 metre boat slowly rowing his craft off Langney Point. The ALB pulled alongside to enquire if all was well. The angler was unable to start his outboard engine and was having difficulty rowing the heavy vessel and gladly accepted the offer of help. Dover Coastguard was alerted and Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched to assist. The ALB returned the stricken yacht to Sovereign Harbour and the ILB towed the angling boat back to the Angling Club beach at Fisherman’s Green.
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ALB launched yesterday afternoon following reports to HM Coastguard from passing shipping of a 'hazard to navigation' 17 miles offshore. Our volunteer crew recovered a large tubular object and returned it to shore ...
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We would like to thank the following organisations and groups
for raising money or making a donation in SEPTEMBER 2019,
to help us continue to save lives at sea.
Eastbourne Women’s Bowls ... £340.00
The Ladies of Willingdon Golf Club ... £200.00
Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival ... £175.00
Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club – raffle of painting ... £548.00
Broadway United Church ... £109.72
The Beacon – Collection ... £319.18
and everyone who has supported us through our lifeboat
collection boxes or in memoriam donations or individual personal donations. ...