Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) diverted from crew training on Sunday morning to assist a 10 metre yacht which had suffered engine failure whilst approaching the entrance to Sovereign Harbour.
Following several days of strong winds, the volunteer crews of Eastbourne lifeboats were keen to put to sea on Sunday morning to hone their rough weather skills. The inshore lifeboat had returned to its station at Fisherman’s Green and the all-weather lifeboat was refuelling at Sovereign Harbour when an emergency call was received from a yacht approaching Sovereign Harbour on passage from Brighton. The yacht, suffering from fuel starvation problems, was unable to safely negotiate the harbour entrance without engine power and called Dover Coastguard for assistance. HM Coastguard immediately requested the assistance of Eastbourne lifeboat. On scene within a few minutes the lifeboat took the yacht under tow and placed it in the safety of the harbour locks.