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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to a cabin cruiser with steering failure

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 1 April at 10.15 am the UK coastguard tasked the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat to a 9 metre cabin cruiser with three persons on board, enroute from Dover to Lymington experiencing steerage failure, half a mile north of the lifeboat station

Two volunteer crew members establishing tow from Dungeness RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/volunteer crew Mark Richardson

Two volunteer crew members establishing tow from Dungeness RNLI lifeboat

When on scene, Coxswain Stuart Adams, in charge of the RNLI lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew put two crewmembers on board the casualty to assess the situation. Coxswain Adams decided the casualty should be towed to Dover so the crew volunteers established a tow.

Once the cabin cruiser was in Dover Harbour and safely berthed, the RNLi lifeboat returned to Dungeness, refuelled and made ready for service.

Coxswain Adams said “Thank you to the range safety boat ‘Smit Cerne’ for their assistance with this casualty”

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