Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat launched last night (10 Sept) to assist an inbound yacht with engine failure
The 16 metre vessel with two people on board was heading east towards Eastbourne when the water pump failed causing the engine to dangerously overheat. In no particular danger and with a competent crew, sails were hoisted to complete the passage. The skipper contacted Sovereign Harbour to warn of their predicament and was advised to contact HM Coastguard as entry into the marina is not advised under sail alone. HM Coastguard requested the launch of Eastbourne lifeboat to assist. Soon on scene the casualty vessel was taken under tow and taken into the safety of Sovereign Harbour.