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Dungeness lifeboat tasked to survey vessel taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.15am on Wednesday 29 June, the lifeboat launched on service tasked by Dover Coastguard to a survey vessel taking on water, 5 miles northeast of the lifeboat station with two persons on board. The 19m vessel was on passage from Lowestoft to Shoreham.

Once on scene, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew rendezvous with the Hastings RNLI lifeboat that were escorting the casualty. Coxswain Adams decided, because of the weather conditions, to continue an escort with the casualty as she ran with the weather to a safe haven in Dover Harbour enabling Hastings lifeboat to be stood down and return to station.

Once safely moored in the harbour the volunteer crew put a salvage pump aboard the stricken vessel and all water was pumped out until she was dry. An estimated 3 ton of water was pumped out. 

Coxswain Adams said ‘The skipper of the casualty apologised for calling us all out at an unearthly hour but was extremely grateful for the RNLI’s assistance’

Our lifeboat returned to station, refueled and was ready for service by 7am.

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