Dungeness lifeboat tasked to assist lone yachtsman

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On 4 October at 00.07am, HM Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to a 51’ concrete yacht with engine failure 1.5m northeast of Dungeness in calm seas, shallow water but dense fog.

Casualty safely moored in Dover Harbour

RNLI/Mark Richardson

Casualty safely moored in Dover Harbour

Once on scene Mark Richardson, volunteer deputy second coxswain in command of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew put one crewmember on board the casualty to assess the situation and health of the lone sailor.

After assessment, the decision was made that the lifeboat should wait half an hour to secure the casualty who was anchored in 3’ of water, and allow the water to rise so the stricken vessel could then float and enable the lifeboat to retrieve the anchor and safely rig a tow. After a safe towage was established the lifeboat slowly manoeuvred the heavy casualty to Dover Harbour in the dense fog and moored it safely at the visitors berth.

RNLI deputy second coxswain Richardson said ‘our team of volunteers worked hard to enable the lone yachtsman to accomplish a safe outcome in the dense fog’

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