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Dover's volunteer crew assist in rescuing two men from sinking catamaran

Lifeboats News Release

The immediate launch of Dover lifeboat 'City of London II' was requested by HM Coastguard at 6.55pm on Sunday 18 November to rescue two men stranded on a catamaran that was taking on water.

Dover lifeboat approaching the catamaran half submerged by the water

RNLI/Shakira Rushton

Dover lifeboat approching the catamaran taking on water

Under the command of Coxswain James Clapham, the volunteer crew quickly assembled and the all-weather lifeboat was swiftly underway within 10 minutes, to a position 1.5 miles south west of the Port of Dover.

In rough seas and challenging conditions, the Dover Harbour Patrol launch boat arrived on scene just a few minutes before Dover's Severn Class lifeboat to assist. The crew of the patrol boat managed to relieve the two occupants from the 30ft catamaran which had set out from Rye Harbour.

Meanwhile the lifeboat crew attempted to tow the sinking catamaran into the Port of Dover so it did not become a significant danger to navigation. Unfortunately with a 2.5m swell entering Dover’s western entrance, the catamaran foundered. Consequently the tow line was cut and the vessel was then guarded by Dover Harbour Patrol until it drifted into the recreational area where it eventually beached later that evening.

The men, aged between thirty and sixty were then taken to Dover Lifeboat Station to warm up with a hot cup of tea. Fortunately, apart from being a little wet and shaken, they required no medical attention.

Dover lifeboat was back alongside two hours after launching, where she was refuelled and readied for her next shout.

RNLI Media contacts

· Shakira Rushton, Dover Lifeboat Station RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (07739) 073878 shakira_rushton@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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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 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 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.

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Dover lifeboat towing the catamaran back to shore

RNLI/Shakira Rushton

Casualty vessel under tow by the Dover lifeboat

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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