Dungeness lifeboat tows stricken cabin cruiser back to Dover

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 17 July at 4.30 pm the RNLI lifeboat was tasked by Dover Coastguard to an 8 m cabin cruiser on a return passage to Dover from Eastbourne with two persons on board, broken down and being towed by another vessel, two miles south of Dungeness.

Once on scene, duty coxswain Mark Richardson in charge of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ rendezvoused with the two vessels and it was decided his volunteer crew should rig up a tow rope from the lifeboat and tow the casualty back to Dover. On arrival in Dover, the casualty managed to make its own way to its berth. After making sure everyone was safe, the lifeboat returned to Dungeness, refuelled and was ready for service by 9 pm.

Coxswain Richardson said ‘the casualty was well kitted out and was unlucky to have developed engine failure’

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