In the first incident the all-weather lifeboat (ALB), whilst returning to station from a routine Sunday morning’s training exercise, was diverted to Pevensey Bay following a report that a yacht had lost engine power and required assistance to return to harbour. A lifeboat crewman was put aboard the casualty vessel to rig a towline; the 35ft yacht with 4 people on board was then towed to the safety of the marina locks at Sovereign Harbour
Later in the day the ALB was again tasked to a yacht with engine failure. A 32ft yacht on passage to Brighton with four people on board was unable to make way against wind and tide whilst attempting to round Beachy Head. Dover Coastguard was alerted to the situation and requested the assistance of the volunteer lifeboat crew. Quickly on scene the ALB took the yacht under tow back to Sovereign Harbour.
An RNLI spokesman later said it’s a timely reminder at the start of the season for all boaters to check their engines and safety equipment before putting to sea after the long winter layup.