Dungeness RNLI assist trimaran with lost mast

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 5 September at 1.01am, Dungeness RNLI were tasked to a trimaran which had lost its mast and was in difficulty less than a mile from Dungeness.

lifeboat is being directed by the head launcher with the sun rising in the background

RNLI/Sarah Beck

Lifeboat being recovered at sunrise

The trimaran and her four crew were travelling to Southampton when, for an unknown reason, their mast broke off leaving them with no navigational lights in the darkness. Dungeness lifeboat and her volunteer crew arrived on scene where a crew member went aboard the casualty vessel to assess the situation and establish a plan.

The trimaran crew still had use of their engine, so it was decided to escort the casualty to a place of safety in Dover.

Once the casualty was in a safe haven, the lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 6.55am.

Coxswain, Stuart Adams says: 'The casualty made the correct decision to call the UK Coastguard for help as they had no navigation lights and therefore no means of alerting themselves to passing vessels in the darkness. Our volunteer crew worked very well in bringing the casualty to safety, particularly crewman Anthony Hills who showed great courage and skill in transferring to the casualty with no mast structure to hold on to. He is also assessed the casualty’s situation well and came up with a plan to help'.

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.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Sarah Beck, Deputy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07956 615429 or [email protected] or Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Manager on 07785 296252 or RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

close up of the lifeboat on the beach at recovery

RNLI/Jason Adams

A shore crew's view of the recovery

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.