Boat rescued after distress call from Coastguard in Eastbourne

A BOAT with five people on board had to be rescued by the Coast Guard after an emergency call.

The Eastbourne lifeboat was called around 1.30pm on Saturday to assist the 7 meter vessel.

The boat had issued a pan-pan distress call. Pan Pan calls are messages sent by boats in urgent situations.

Several nearby vessels answered the call, and a yacht began towing the stricken boat toward Sovereign Harbour.

“It was determined on site that two of the five people on board were suffering from seasickness and were quite unwell,” said a spokesman for the RNLI Eastbourne.

“Coxswain Dean Parker has made the decision to transfer the two sick people to another ship, along with Jim Edwards, a volunteer crew trained by Accident Care, so they can get to shore quickly.”

The coastal lifeboat escorted them to safe harbor.

Last week, a kayaker spent 45 minutes in the sea after getting into trouble while fishing until he was rescued by the Coast Guard.

The man, who was off Littlehampton, was able to call HM Coastguard on 999 as he had his phone in a waterproof case.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said his kayak began to sink.

The Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team and Littlehampton RNLI were dispatched to search for the man, who was rescued and taken ashore. Boat rescued after distress call from Coastguard in Eastbourne

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