Yacht with power failure towed by Newhaven Lifeboat

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Newhaven Lifeboat volunteers had to use direction finding equipment to locate a yacht suffering complete electrical failure about seven miles south of Brighton on Friday June 7.

The Severn Class Lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland was launched just before 10pm to a report of 28ft Moody yacht with power failure with two people on board en route from Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour to Brighton Marina.

The Lifeboat headed towards the last known position before the power failure.

Once in the area the lifeboat used its DF equipment (Direction Finding) to locate the casualty via their hand held VHF radio.

As soon as the lifeboat picked the casualty up on the DF equipment a bearing was established which, combined with radar, ensured the yacht was found quickly.

Once the lifeboat was on scene one of the crew on the yacht shone a torch onto the sails to help make the vessel visible in the darkness as she had no navigation lights due to the electrical failure.

A tow line was established and the yacht was safely towed in to Brighton Marina.

Coxswain Paul Legendre said: “The casualty’s back-up hand-held VHF radio had really helped us locate them much quicker on the night.”