Eastbourne all weather lifeboat was tasked on Saturday afternoon to rescue six deep sea anglers 18 miles from harbour when their vessel suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure.  

The 28ft vessel based in Sovereign Harbour was 18 miles south of Eastbourne with six people on board when it lost all propulsion. It’s position in the busy shipping lanes of the Dover Strait make it vulnerable to collision from commercial traffic which constantly traverses the area. In less than an hour the volunteer lifeboat crew had assembled and were on scene where a towline was attached to the stricken vessel and the long tow back to Sovereign Harbour commenced.

At mid-day on Sunday the volunteer crews of both lifeboats were requested to launch to assist local coastguards when a paraglider was injured at Beachy Head. The ILB acted as safety cover for rescue helicopter 163 as the casualty was recovered and airlifted to the top of the cliffs.