Disabled motorsailer assisted by Margate RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A motorsailer that encountered machinery problems off the north Kent coast has been towed to safety by Margate RNLI lifeboat.

Margate RNLI all-weather lifeboat 'Leonard Kent' outside the lifeboat station (RNLI Margate)

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI all-weather lifeboat 'Leonard Kent' outside the lifeboat station (RNLI Margate)

The single occupant of the 27ft-long craft contacted UK Coastguard late this morning (Tuesday 22 May) requesting assistance after encountering machinery problems while on passage from Harty Ferry on the river Swale to Dover, it was suspected the vessel may have lost its propeller.

The motorsailer was around four miles north east of Margate at the time, close to busy shipping lanes and Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist. The lifeboat was launched and once on scene the situation was assessed and after it was established the occupant was safe and well the craft was taken in tow and berthed around an hour later in the safety of Ramsgate harbour.


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  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304 peter_barker@rnli.org.uk

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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