Eastbourne lifeboats continued their busy period last night (26Feb) when they were tasked to assist a yacht which had run aground whilst approaching Sovereign Harbour

Volunteer lifeboat crewmembers had just settled down to a machinery training course when at 18.30 the pagers went off with a request to launch from Dover Coastguard. A 39ft yacht with three people on board had misjudged the entrance channel and run aground in an exceptionally low tide. On scene within a few minutes, the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) came alongside and transferred station mechanic Dan Guy onto the casualty vessel. A towline was rigged but the yacht was too firmly aground to pull off immediately without damaging the vessel. Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was then requested to assist at 18.48. When the tide had risen sufficiently the yacht was pulled into deeper water where it was checked for damage. An additional crewman was put aboard the casualty vessel from the ILB which stood by whilst the ALB checked the depth of the harbour entrance. When it was deemed safe to proceed, the casualty was escorted into the safety of the marina locks.