SHOREHAM’S all weather lifeboat was launched to a report of a broken down yacht at 5.25pm on Thursday.
The 13m vessel with two people on board was found six miles south west of Shoreham Harbour. It was on passage from Chichester to Eastbourne when it suffered engine failure.
The crew from Belgium had bought the yacht from Chichester the day before. Once on scene after talking to the skipper the crew decided to take the vessel under tow back to Brighton Marina due to the tidal restrictions inside Shoreham Harbour.
The all weather lifeboat’s Y boat was launched and a crew member was placed on the vessel to help establish the tow.
The yacht was taken under tow back to Brighton Marina where she was placed on the visitor’s pontoon.
The lifeboat then returned to station.
Like almost all RNLI stations, the lifeboats at Shoreham are manned by a group of volunteer crew members and shore helpers. The only full-timer at the station is the mechanic, who looks after the lifeboats so they are ready to put to sea 24 hours a day.
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