Eastbourne All Weather Lifeboat was launched yesterday evening (21 April).
They were called to a 30-foot yacht, which had suffered engine failure off Beachy Head.
The vessel was unable to sail against the wind and found itself going backwards. The skipper had no electrical power to radio for help, so used his mobile to call the Coastguard.
The Lifeboat towed the yacht back to Sovereign Harbour.