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Walmer RNLI assist in yacht rescue.

Lifeboats News Release

Two yachtsmen reporting their vessel was taking on water were rescued this morning by volunteer RNLI crews from Walmer and Dover.

The crew of the Walmer Atlantic 85 pass the pump to Dover RNLI volunteers on board the yacht

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The crew of the Walmer Atlantic 85 pass the pump to Dover RNLI volunteers on board the yacht

Volunteer Walmer RNLI crew aboard the Atlantic 85 The Drayton Manor under helm Andrew Coe launched at 7.25am after a call to assist Dover RNLI with a sailing vessel taking on water. The yacht Tontin with two people on board was sailing from Nieuwpoort in Belgium to the Isle of Wight.

The vessel was under tow south west of the Goodwin Sands when a request for further assistance was made by Dover RNLI to Walmer for an additional salvage pump.

In a one metre swell Walmer RNLI moved alongside the stricken vessel transferring the salvage pump and crew member Luke Curry to assist the Dover lifeboat crew with the pumping operation.

The lifeboat remained alongside until the yacht reached the safety of Dover Harbour in case an emergency transfer of RNLI and yacht crew was necessary.

Helm Andrew Coe said: 'The yacht had developed a three foot crack under its bow and a further crack had appeared along its port side.'

Walmer lifeboat was released at 9.55am and returned to station.

RNLI media contacts

  • Chris Winslade, Lifeboat Press Officer, Walmer Lifeboat Station (07906) 623037 chriswinslade@hotmail.com
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825, paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


The Walmer lifeboat pulls alongside the yacht with the Dover lifeboat on the horizon

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The Walmer lifeboat pulls alongside the yacht with the Dover lifeboat on the horizon

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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