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