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Dungeness RNLI assist broken down sailing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 6 May at 4.31pm, Dungeness RNLI were tasked to respond to a sailing vessel which had broken down. The casualty vessel was located three miles east of Dungeness and had three people on board.

Photo showing the yacht being towed by the lifeboat

RNLI/Jon Morgan

Towing the casualty vessel

Once on the scene, a volunteer crew member went aboard the 7m sailing craft and it was decided that the casualty should be towed to safety. A tow was established and the Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell’and her volunteer crew towed the casualty to Dover.

The lifeboat then returned to station and was ready for service by 10.00pm.

Deputy Second Coxswain, Steve Cardew says: ‘Those on board were very well prepared in this instance and made the correct decision to call the coastguard when they got into difficulties. Our volunteer crew showed good teamwork as always in assisting the casualty.’

Notes to editors

  • Dungeness lifeboat station has been operating since 1826. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.dungenesslifeboat.org.uk
  • Dungeness’ Shannon-class lifeboat was the first Shannon lifeboat in the fleet and came to station in 2014.

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Photo in the dark showing the Shannon lifeboat on the beach and being recovered by the crew.

RNLI/Craig Edwards

The lifeboat being recovered on the beach

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