Three members of the crew were suffering from seasickness and one had burns through the deployment of the anchor when Newhaven’s lifeboat went to the rescue of a cruiser on Saturday (August 10) afternoon.
Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ was launched at 1.08pm to help a 28ft cabin cruiser which had suffered mechanical failure about a mile south of Beachy Head, with four people on board.
The lifeboat crew asked that the cruiser’s anchor be raised to enable a towline to be fixed but the strength of the tide and moderate south-westerly winds made this difficult.
The lifeboat launched its daughter inflatable Y boat with two crew on board to help recover the anchor.
The boat was towed to Newhaven and the four people rescued called into the boathouse to thank the lifeboat crew.