Walmer RNLI volunteers assist leisure craft in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched following a request from HM Coastguard to reports of a 12 metre leisure craft experiencing engine problems.

Walmer crew alongside casualty vessel

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer volunteer crew alongside casualty vessel.

The volunteer crew was paged at 2.14pm on 18 July and launched Donald McLachlan to assist the vessel located 11 nautical miles due east of the lifeboat station, just off the main shipping lane of the English Channel. The vessel, with three people aboard, was on a fishing trip from Ramsgate. On reaching the scene in moderate seas a crew member was transferred to fix a line to enable the craft to be towed back to Ramsgate Harbour.

The vessel was secured in the harbour. Donald McLachlan was released by the Coastguard at 5.25pm and returned to station where the crew was debriefed and the lifeboat made ready for service.

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Donald McLachlan with tow line

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Donald McLachlan with tow line

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