Dover RNLI tows yacht which had become catch of the day

Lifeboats News Release

Dover Lifeboat attended a 43ft two man crewed yacht with a fishing net wrapped around its propeller early this morning (Sat 15 Aug).

43ft yacht in on a misty sea

RNLI/Dover

Stricken yacht in the morning mist

The 43ft yacht was travelling back to its home port of Eastbourne when it had to call HM Coastguard for help. Visibility was down to ¾ of a mile as a thick sea mist had formed after the hot weather the South East has been experiencing. The yacht was unable to use her sails to return to safety as there was no wind.

The Severn class Dover lifeboat City of London II's volunteer crew received a page at 6:10am to launch. The lifeboat took 45mins to reach the stricken vessel and about two hours to tow them back to the safety of Dover harbour.

Coxswain James Clapham said:

'Visibility was greatly reduced, the yacht’s propeller was unfortunately tangled in a net leaving the crew in a very precarious position in the middle of the extremely busy shipping lanes. It was safer to tow them back to the harbour. The tow back was relatively easy as the sea conditions were benign. We always advise you carry a means of communication when going out to sea.'

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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Dover lifeboat towing yacht in the mist

RNLI/Dee Morgan

RNLI Dover tow yacht to safety

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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.

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