An Eastbourne lifeboat was launched in response to a 999 call to Dover Coastguard from a young man in a 16ft open angling boat

Earlier this morning (07/04/11) the young man had set out earlier from the beach near Langney Point to cross Pevensey Bay to visit a friend in Cooden. The outboard engine on his boat suffered a mechanical failure and he tried to row the heavy boat against the tide.

After several hours, he became tired and exhausted, so at 1:04am he made a phone call to the emergency services which initiated the scrambling of the volunteer lifeboat crew from their beds.

The ILB took the vessel under tow and returned it and the young man to the beach at Langney.