'A slightly unusual and interesting job'

A 36ft yacht sparked an emergency response when it became stranded in East Sussex.

The Hastings RNLI lifeboat with its volunteer crew was called

out by the Coastguard last Thursday, following reports that the yacht had

run aground at Bulverhythe.

The casualty had been stranded by the tide,

but fortunately had a twin bilge keel which meant it was happily able to

sit on the sand until the tide came in.

The inshore lifeboat helped by

transferring the yacht’s anchor out to seaward so that when the tide

returned the casualty would be able to pull itself clear using its own


The Hastings mobile Coastguard unit arrived on scene

to keep watch of the vessel until it was able to safely refloat, which

enabled the inshore lifeboat to return to station.

Steve Warne,

Hastings RNLI Coxswain said: ‘This was a slightly unusual and

interesting job for us, and one in which the RNLI crew made a real

contribution towards ensuring a safe outcome.’

Picture: Yacht stranded at Bullverhythe off Hastings. Credit: RNLI/Clive Mayhew