Disabled yacht and disappointed Brownies – dealt with by Margate RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat provided assistance this evening when a motor sailer radioed for help after suffering a fouled propeller.

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 8m long vessel with two persons on board was around three miles off North Foreland late this afternoon (Friday 19 July) when its propeller became fouled while close to busy shipping lanes. Unable to solve their problem the crew issued a Pan Pan urgency broadcast on marine VHF radio which was picked up by UK Coastguard.

A nearby survey vessel responded to the broadcast and Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked to provide assistance. The survey vessel stood by the casualty vessel and provided reassurance until the lifeboat arrived on scene around 15 minutes after launching.

As is common in such situations, and with those on hand unable to clear the obstruction from the vessel’s propeller, the best course of action was to take the vessel under tow and once a tow line had been secured it was towed to the safety of Ramsgate harbour where it was met by volunteer members of Margate’s Coastguard Rescue Team who checked on the welfare of the yacht’s crew.

The ‘missing lifeboat’ was a major talking point for a local Brownie pack who arrived for a pre-planned visit to the station. All was not lost however as the remaining shore crew and an RNLI lifeguard from Margate main sands stepped in to give a talk on beach safety as well as provide a look at the inshore lifeboat. We give our best wishes to the Brownies who were invested into their pack during what we hope was a memorable visit.


RNLI Media contacts

  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304 [email protected]

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (SouthEast), 0207 6207416, 07786 668825 [email protected]

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

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