The electric powered craft which was running low on charge


RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched at 9pm last night to assist a

visiting yachtsman in his 6m electric powered craft which was running

low on charge.

The solo sailor on passage to his home port was

attempting to enter Sovereign Harbour but after a long day at sea found

there was insufficient charge left in his batteries to navigate the

harbour entrance.

Being too far offshore for the marina workboat to

assist he contacted Dover Coastguard for help they in turn requested the

launch of Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat.

The volunteer lifeboat crew

were on scene within a few minutes, a crewman was transferred to the

stricken craft who prepared a towline.

The vessel was then taken to the

safety of the marina locks.

Picture: Eastbourne inshore lifeboat. Credit: Bob Jeffery