Dungeness RNLI go to the aid of yacht with fuel and sail problems

Lifeboats News Release

On 2 October 2019 at 9.24am, coxswain Stuart Adams and his volunteer crew were tasked to assist a yacht with both fuel and sailing difficulties in windy conditions.

a crewman stands by ready to reach the yacht which is nearby

RNLI/Sarah Beck

Dungeness RNLI approaching the casualty

Dungeness’ Shannon-class lifeboat, ‘The Morrell’ arrived on scene to the casualty vessel which was located six miles east of Dungeness. Once on scene, it was established that the two crew on the 9m yacht had exhausted all possible means of getting the vessel to safety and needed assistance.

A crewman was then put on board the casualty vessel where they established a tow line. The casualty and her crew were then towed to safety in Dover.

Coxswain Stuart Adams says: ‘The casualty were very unlucky to have experienced fuel problems and had also lost their jib in the windy weather. They made the correct call to contact the UK Coastguard and ask for assistance when the conditions became too difficult to manage.’

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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For more information please telephone Sarah Beck, Deputy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07956 615429 or sarah_beck@rnli.org.uk or Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Manager on 07785 296252 or RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

a yacht is tied up with lifeboat alongside

RNLI/John Miell

The casualty yacht safe in Dover harbour

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