Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat responded to a Mayday distress call on Sunday afternoon when the engine of a small fishing boat ‘exploded’ seven miles offshore
The four fisherman were seven miles south-east of Sovereign Harbour when the engine of their 8 metre vessel emitted a loud bang. Fearful that a disaster was about to follow, the occupants put out an all stations distress alert on their VHF radio. The distress was picked up by Dover Coastguard and the Boarder Agency vessel Searcher which was patrolling in the area. Searcher stood by the stricken vessel whilst Dover Coastguard requested the assistance of Eastbourne RNLI. Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat launched and was soon on scene at which time Searcher was stood down. Two volunteer crewmen from the lifeboat were put aboard the casualty vessel to ensure all was secure and then a tow was rigged. The long journey back to harbour was then commenced with the party arriving at the marina locks over an hour later, cold but otherwise unharmed.