Monday, March 05, 2007
A fishing boat carrying six crew had to be towed back to shore after it began to sink. The Royal Sovereign got into trouble a mile and a half south of Beachy Head, near Eastbourne. They were rescued by Newhaven Lifeboat at 2.30pm, who had been doing a training exercise with Seaford Lifeboats nearby.It is not known what caused the leak on the 56-foot crabbing boat but lifeguards said the decks were covered with water and the incident could have been serious. But no-one was injured and the lifeboat pumped the water out of the boat and towed it into Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne.