Dungeness and Littlestone lifeboats tasked to a Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.22pm on Sunday 15 July, HM Coastguard tasked Dungeness lifeboat to join Littlestone lifeboat and another vessel, five nautical miles north of Dungeness to search for a casualty sending out a Mayday call.

AIS search area of the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’

RNLI/Judith Richardson

AIS search area of the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’

Once on scene Coxswain Stuart Adams, in command of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and his volunteer crew proceeded to implement a parallel tracking search with the volunteer crew on the Litttlstone RNLI inshore B785 (Atlantic 75) class lifeboat ‘Fred Clarke' together with the Dutch vessel 'Ashburton' who was also assisting.

At 7.20pm after the extensive search patterns were completed nothing was found so Dover Coastguard terminated the search until more information was received.

The RNLI lifeboats returned to their subsequent stations to refuel with Dungeness lifeboat made ready for service by 8.10pm.

Coxswain Adams said ’the volunteers on both lifeboats worked really well together as a team but it was very unfortunate nothing was found’

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