Yacht under towBoth RNLI Eastbourne lifeboats were in action on Sunday (18 May) to rescue a disabled yacht off Beachy Head and an angling boat with engine failure. 

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.