Lifeboat called to boat stuck underneath Brighton Palace Pier

Shoreham lifeboat volunteers were called out last night (May 1), to assist passengers on a yacht stuck beneath the Palace Pier in Brighton.

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017, 11:37 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 4:15 am
Shoreham RNLI was called to ayacht stuck underneath Brighton Palace Pier (Photograph: Daniel Moon/

The Shoreham RNLI was paged at 9.06pm to a 23ft yacht ‘in distress just east of Brighton Palace Pier’.

An RNLI spokesperson said the yacht was being pulled under the pier by the force gale six-to-seven winds and the two-metre swell.

The lifeboat volunteers managed to get a tow line onto the vessel which had two people on board and pull the yacht to safety after three attempts.

Shoreham lifeboat towing the yacht away (Photograph: Daniel Moon/

The crew managed to tow the boat to Shoreham Harbour.

Lifeboat coxswain Steve Smith said: “We worked in some pretty atrocious conditions to get a towline onto the yacht and pull it to safety.

“The two people onboard were ok but very relieved to see us.”

A spokesperson for Brighton Palace Pier said: “The pier is fine no damage at all.”

Brighton Palace Pier
The current Shoreham Harbour lifeboat crew SUS-160411-152118003