Walmer RNLI rescues a vessel with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers respond to an immediate launch request to aid a 15m vessel in distress.

Casualty vessel under tow from Walmer lifeboat

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Vessel under tow by Walmer's Atlantic 85

Responding to a ‘Pan Pan’ distress call, crew on board Walmer’s Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan launched at 5.20pm yesterday, 3 June, to a 15m vessel with three people on board one mile east of the lifeboat station. The vessel was on its way from Southampton to the River Medway when it suffered a total loss of power due to a possible fuel contamination.

A line was secured and, despite its size and weight the casualty was towed to Dover Harbour where it was handed over to a Dover Pilot Harbour Patrol to continue to a safe berth. The lifeboat continued to escort both vessels to the mooring before returning to station at 7.45pm.

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