Walmer RNLI assists Royal Navy

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer's volunteer crew had an unusual call on Monday 7 October when asked to assist with an unexploded piece of ordnance.

Walmer's Atlantic lifeboat Donald McLauchlan returning to station at first light.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Donald McLauchlan returning to station.
Walmer's volunteer crew on board their B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan launched at 3.16am this morning, in response to a request from HM Coastguard, to assist with ferrying two Royal Navy bomb disposal experts to a dredger off Deal Pier. During its operations, the vessel had uncovered and taken aboard a piece of World War I ordnance.
The shell, weighing 350kg and measuring 94x32cm was safely extracted and dropped in deeper water to be dealt with later today. The lifeboat crew, having stood off during the operation, returned the disposal team to shore.

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