Walmer RNLI respond to HM Coastguard Mayday alert

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Walmer RNLI launch to aid a yachtsman in distress.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer's Atlantic 85 launching.
Walmer's volunteer crew on board Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan launched at 3.10am this morning following a direct paging request from HM Coastguard. A Mayday call had been received from a 25-foot yacht with one person on board aground and taking in water on the Goodwin Sands, four and a half miles east of the station.

The crew were unable to get close to the casualty vessel due to falling water but stood by while HM Coastguard helicopter airlifted the yachtsman from the craft. The lifeboat returned to station at 4.30am to effect a crew change then relaunched at 5.30am to recover the yacht. Two crew members were put aboard to check for damage then made fast a tow rope from Ramsgate lifeboat, standing by the vessel while it was towed into Ramsgate Harbour.

Once inside the harbour Walmer's lifeboat resumed the tow and put the vessel alongside a pontoon, returning to station at 8.40am.

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Walmer's AIS tracking.

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