A lone sailor has been rescued by the coastguard off the coast of Eastbourne in near gale force winds.
A distress call was made at around 8pm on Friday night. When the lifeboat arrived the 38ft yacht was on its side with a broken mast.
A man in his 60s was rescued from the cabin of the yacht which had run aground on a rocky ledge.
Frank O’Neill, Watch Manager, Dover Coastguard said: "This was a challenging situation for the rescue units, due to difficult weather conditions".
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