A Dutch yacht lost use of all its navigation equipment during an electrical storm


lifeboat launched into a thunderstorm when a Dutch yacht with two

people on board called for assistance off

Sovereign Harbour.

Original communications from the 10-metre yacht were

confused, initially they contacted Sovereign Harbour to report they had

lost all power but later this was amended to report that they had lost

engine power only.

The Maritime Rescue and Communication Centre (MRCC)

at Dover Coastguard was also alert to the developing situation but

reports from the yacht indicated they did not require assistance.

Fortunately some of the volunteer lifeboat crew were also monitoring

radio communications and assembled at the lifeboat station in

anticipation of being required.

Amid the gathering electrical storm the

casualty yacht rescinded their original statement and requested

immediate assistance having lost all their navigation equipment.


the ALB crew already assembled and ready for launch they were able to

quickly locate the stricken vessel some four miles offshore.

The vessel

was taken under tow to Sovereign Harbour

Picture: Yacht recovered to Sovereign Harbour by Eastbourne RNLI. Credit: Bob Jeffery