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Dungeness lifeboat launches to assist yacht with steering problem

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 14 May at 1.30pm, the UK coastguard paged the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat to assist a 10 metre yacht with six persons on board on passage from Eastbourne to Ramsgate, experiencing steering difficulties one mile east of the station.

Dungeness lifeboat making her way to the casualty - photograph taken from angling boat

Ant Hills

Dungeness lifeboat making her way to the casualty - photograph taken from angling boat

A local angling boat nearby gave assistance to the stricken vessel until the lifeboat arrived. Once on scene an assessment was made of the situation and Coxswain Stuart Adams, in charge of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew decided a volunteer crew member should be put aboard the casualty to enable a tow to be established.

After this task was safely completed the RNLI lifeboat took the casualty under tow and they slowly made their way to Dover and berthed on a mooring inside the harbour.

The lifeboat returned to Dungeness was re-carriaged, refuelled and made ready for service by 8.15pm.

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Casualty under tow from RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/volunteer crew member Simon Collins

Casualty under tow from RNLI lifeboat

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