View as PDF

Walmer RNLI launched to a cabin cruiser in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Walmer RNLI went to the aid of a cabin cruiser with fuel problems.

On Tuesday 14 November, Dover Coastguard tasked Walmer RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Donald McLauchlan to a 15m cabin cruiser three miles east of Dover, which had fuel contamination and one person on-board.

Under the command of Andrew Coe, and with Andrew Howland, James Foster and Max Bowyer as crew, the lifeboat was soon on scene. Once alongside, the helm transferred a crew member onto the vessel to assist. The lifeboat escorted the vessel into Dover Harbour, before returning to station.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Julie Rainey, Media Relations Manager (London/South East) on 07827 358256 or or Paul Dunt, Media Relations Officer (London/South East) on 07785 296252 or or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Key facts about the RNLI

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland