Eastbourne Lifeboat launched to runaway fishing boat

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Eastbourne’s Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was launched early this morning to recover a fishing boat which escaped its owner and went to sea unaccompanied

Casualty vessel being brought back to beach by volunteer lifeboat crew

RNLI/Bob Jeffery

Casualty vessel returning home
Shortly after 06.00 this morning (21 Jan) a local fisherman was attempting to launch his 18ft boat from the beach at Fisherman’s Green when he met with a bizarre accident. He lost contact with the vessel at a crucial moment and, with the engine running, it slipped out to sea. Despite a desperate attempt to catch the vessel it was soon out of reach so the fisherman had no alternative but to seek assistance from HM Coastguard. The volunteer ILB crew were requested to launch and following a brief search recovered the vessel heading towards Sovereign Harbour. Two crewmen were put aboard and returned the boat to a cold, wet and slightly embarrassed owner on the beach from whence it had set out.

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