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Martin CollinsVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Lifeboats News Release
Ailing sailing yacht leads to early morning call out for Dover Lifeboat
Dover’s RNLI volunteers were rousted from their beds, on Saturday (19th) morning, by their pagers sounding at 0455hrs. Arriving at the lifeboat station they found that they’d been requested to launch by Dover Coastguard who had become concerned for the safety of two men aboard a yacht that was struggling in the busy south west shipping lane.
The yellow hulled 10m yacht was returning to Rochester from Nieuwport, Belgium when it got into difficulties approximately eleven miles off Dover. Dover Lifeboat City of London II reached the yacht’s position in under forty minutes. The lifeboat crew found the yachtsmen were suffering from exhaustion and their problems compounded by technical failures in the yacht’s equipment. The decision was made to tow the vessel into Dover for rest and repairs.
The lifeboat arrived back in Dover with the yacht safely under tow at just before 0800hrs.
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