Yacht’s crew rescued by Newhaven Lifeboat

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The crew on board a yacht were rescued by Newhaven Lifeboat after a rope was entangled in its propeller.

Volunteers from the Lifeboat Station were launched on Tuesday June 18 at 7.16pm to an 11 metre yacht which was in trouble two miles south of Seaford Head.

The yacht had two people on board and could be seen drifting in still water.

It had been en route from Dover to Brighton when the wind dropped.

A spokesperson for the lifeboat said: “The experienced crew on board resorted to the engine to continue its journey towards Brighton Marina when a rope got entangled around the propeller.

“Having spent some time trying to free the rope themselves, the crew had no other alternative than to contact Solent Coastguard and request assistance.”

Newhaven’s Severn Class Lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland launched to the yacht in calm seas and good visibility.

The lifeboat arrived on scene and passed a tow line to the yacht and began a slow tow back into Newhaven Harbour where HM Coastguards were waiting to offer assistance.