Double First for RNLI Walmer volunteers in yacht rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Two volunteers undergo experiences in new roles when launching to a yacht with engine failure.

Walmer's Atlantic 85 alongside casualty vessel off Deal Castle.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer volunteers alongside casualty vessel off Deal Castle.

Walmer’s B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan launched following a paging at 3.38pm yesterday, 20 June, to a 7m yacht with three people on board which had sustained engine failure off Deal Castle. Although an anchor had been deployed, it had not taken hold. A crew member was put on board the casualty vessel where he secured a line. The vessel was taken under tow to Ramsgate Harbour before crew returned to station. All crew were appropriately dressed in PPE following the precautionary guidelines issued by the RNLI in force during the current pandemic.

Two volunteers were experiencing their first service call in their new roles. Dave Mitchell took the helm on the Atlantic for the first time since his pass out in March this year and Max Shelton undertook his first call as a crew member.

Notes to editors

  • Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856
  • Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry
  • It currently operates two inshore lifeboats - an Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II

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