SHOREHAM lifeboat crews have been called out three times in as many days to vessels with engine failure.
The inshore lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon to help a motor vessel with engine failure off Shoreham Harbour.
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.
Lifeboat press officer Michelle Tugwell said: “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.
The launches bring the total this month to five so far for the Shoreham crew.
Both lifeboats were called out on April 11 after a pile of clothes was found on Brighton beach. They were stood down after an extensive search when nothing was found.
The inshore lifeboat came to the rescue of a woman in Southwick Canal, who was in distress, on April 7. She was pulled into the lifeboat and taken to Lady Bee Marina to a waiting ambulance.
Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and plans are in place for big celebrations in June.
A book is also being prepared to mark the occasion. It will cover the history of the station from its beginnings to the war years and its memorable services right up to the anniversary events.
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