Eastbourne RNLI crew rescue stranded boat 12 miles from harbor
A boat was rescued by an RNLI crew after suffering a mechanical failure 12 miles off the coast of Eastbourne.
The RNLI was alerted at 4:30 p.m. on November 14 after the 14-meter boat became stranded 12 miles east of Sovereign Harbor.
Captain-at-Arms Mark Sawyer, in charge of the lifeboat ‘The Diamond Jubilee’ during the incident, said: “Once we got to the scene, we did a risk assessment and decided that the safest thing to do. to do was to resume towing the other vessel and tow the broken down vessel to the nearest safe port which was Sovereign Harbor.
The volunteer crew confirmed that they had successfully recovered the boat and its passengers.
An RNLIA spokesperson said: “Our volunteer team was paged on Sunday November 14th.
“They were asked to launch the all-weather lifeboat and tasked with helping a 14-meter motorboat that had suffered a mechanical failure.
“Once the lifeboat was there, a tow line was attached and the damaged vessel was towed to the safety of Sovereign Harbor. “
“The lifeboat entered the locks just before 7 p.m. before helping the broken down vessel enter port and a pontoon before refueling and preparing the all-weather lifeboat to depart. “