The all weather lifeboat at Shoreham was launched to assist Eastbourne lifeboat with an 18 metre broken down fishing vessel weighting 240 tonnes in windy and rough sea conditions.

The boat with six crew on board had broken down after getting a rope around its prop off Beachy Head. The all weather lifeboat at Eastbourne towed her towards Peacehaven before Shoreham lifeboat took over the tow.

The crew started the long towing process back towards Shoreham and finally reached there around 8.30am. The tide was too low to get the vessel into the harbour so she was anchored two miles off and the lifeboat returned to station.