The lifeboat crew at Eastbourne were called out to an 18 metre yacht which had found itself stuck in the mud early this morning (March 26), when it was leaving Sovereign Harbour.
Shortly after 8am the all-weather lifeboat was requested to assist the yacht which was f’irmly stuck in the mud’ in the entrance channel to the marina.
Unable to free the vessel without risking damage, the volunteer lifeboat crew deployed anchors to secure the yacht to await the flooding tide.
The six people on the vessel opted to stay aboard whilst the lifeboat returned to station.
Later in the morning, when the water level had risen sufficiently, the lifeboat returned alongside the yacht, recovered the anchors and towed the vessel to deeper water.
Having checked to ensure there was no damage the yacht continued on its passage to Ramsgate.