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Littlestone lifeboat launched to nine metre sailboat with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday afternoon, July 21 2019 at 4.25pm, the Littlestone lifeboat was tasked to rescue a nine metre yacht with two persons on board that had lost engine power and had problems with the Genoa sail.

Photo showing the bow of the lifeboat and yacht.

RNLI/Iain Bates

Littlestone Lifeboat attending the casualty vessel.

The casualty was quickly located 1.5 nautical miles SE of Folkestone Harbour, sea state – slight to moderate approximately 11nm from the station, weather sunny with winds south westerly force 3.

Iain Bates Littlestone volunteer helm, said: 'I quickly ascertained the vessel wasn’t taking on water and the two persons on board were ok. So we escorted the boat under mainsail towards Dover Harbour, then took it under tow just outside the harbour to the safety of a berth in Dover Marina.'

The casualty had followed the correct procedure by calling the HM Coastguard for help. Always carry a means to call for help and ensure everyone on board knows how to use it.'

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service by 8.00pm.

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or Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Manager on 07785 296252 or RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

The Littlestone Lifeboat

RNLI/Gavin Munnings

The Littlestone Lifeboat

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