It was a busy afternoon for Newhaven lifeboat on Friday (September 6) with two launches in the space of two hours.
The Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ was first called at 12.45pm to a 32ft yacht with two people on board with a reported steering problem after declaring a ‘Pan Pan’ via their VHF radio to Solent Coastguard.
Just two miles off Newhaven, the lifeboat soon arrived and a tow line was passed to the yacht.
Due to the fouled rudder a drogue (sea anchor) was attached to the stern of the casualty.
This ensured that, whilst under tow, the vessel held its course into the harbour.
At 2.40pm the crew were paged again to a second ‘Pan Pan’ distress call.
This time it was to an 18ft day boat with one person on board close to the harbour entrance who had reported an engine failure.
Whilst the lifeboat was en route to the casualty vessel they were informed the engine had been restarted and they were making under their own power back into the marina.
Solent Coastguard asked if the lifeboat could escort the day boat into the marina in case the mechanical problem resurfaced.
Fortunately the vessel made its own way back to a berth in the marina.