SHOREHAM lifeboatmen have had a busy week, dealing with five calls in six days.
The inshore lifeboat was launched four times to broken down boats and the all-weather lifeboat went out once, to a vessel that ran out of fuel two miles south of Lancing.
The inshore lifeboat was called on Sunday at 1.30pm to search for a speedboat broken down south of Brighton Pier.
Lifeboat press officer Michelle Tugwell said: “Once afloat, the crew was told by the coastguard that the boat was in fact 2.8 miles south of the pier. The lifeboat proceeded to that position but could not find the speedboat with three people on board.
“They were eventually found 2.8 miles west of the pier. The 19ft speedboat was taken under tow back to Shoreham Harbour.”
The inshore lifeboat was launched again on Friday at 1.25pm to a broken down 20ft speedboat with two people on board. It had suffered engine failure south of Shoreham Power Station.
Mrs Tugwell said: “The boat was in danger of going aground until a passing vessel towed it to the harbour and then the ILB took over the tow and took it into the Lady B Marina.”
The D-class boat was tasked on Thursday at 2.20pm to a 19ft motor vessel, just outside the eastern arm of Shoreham Harbour, which had suffered engine failure.
The crew located the vessel with two people on board and set up a tow. It was towed back to the harbour and through the locks.
Crews had also been launched twice on Tuesday to vessels that had run out of fuel.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 12.55pm on Tuesday to a report of a 26ft Bayliner, which had run out of fuel two miles south of Lancing.
The boat was located with two people on board and it was established she had run out of fuel. The lifeboat towed the vessel back to the Sussex Yacht Club at Shoreham.
Then, the inshore lifeboat was launched a few minutes later, at 1pm, to assist a 22ft motor vessel, which had also run out of fuel half a mile south of Shoreham Power Station.
The crew set up a tow and the vessel was also taken to Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham.
Watch the Shoreham lifeboat on television this morning, when the crew is featured on BBC1’s Channel Patrol at 11am, taking part in a rescue.