Dungeness RNLI crew respond to a search and rescue transponder activation
At 6am this morning (Saturday 30 March), Dungeness RNLI's all-weather Shannon class lifeboat, The Morrell, was tasked 12 miles south east of Dungeness to reports of a search and rescue transponder being activated.
The volunteer crew carried out two searches of the area in fair but foggy conditions, but no vessel could be found and the lifeboat was stood down by the Coastguard at 9.10am.
Dungeness RNLI Coxswain Stuart Adams said: ‘A good performance from our volunteer crew in foggy conditions with poor visibility. Great teamwork was shown throughout.’
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, in a normal year, 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.