Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to assist Dutch yacht with a blown out main sail

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.09pm on 9 July, the UK Coastguard tasked the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat to assist a 11 metre Dutch yacht broken down with a water pump problem and main sail blown out, four miles north, northeast of Dungeness Point, with two persons on board.

The Dungeness Shannon lifeboat being recoverd in the early hours of the morning

RNLI/Mark Rippingale

The Dungeness Shannon lifeboat being recovered in the early hours of the morning

Once launched, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the RNLI Shannon class AWL (all weather lifeboat) lifeboat 13-02The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew proceeded to their position. On scene the Coxswain assessed the situation and the well being of the passengers on board and decided to safely tow the stricken vessel to Dover.

Coxswain Adams said ‘the casualty was fully prepared for their passage but due to unforeseen circumstances they had to call for help. Our volunteers did a fantastic job at that time of night’

The RNLI lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service by 3am on 10 July.

We are looking for people who would be interested in joining our volunteer crew here at Dungeness RNLI and live preferably within ten minutes of our station and must have good availability. Full RNLI training will be given.

If anyone is interested and want to know more then please telephone our boathouse on 01797 320317 and speak to our LOM (Lifeboat Operations Manager) Roger or to our Coxswain Stuart.

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· Judith Richardson, Dungeness RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07859264226 Email: pressofficer@dungenesslifeboat.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

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