Walmer RNLI crew launch to assist a disabled fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer’s inshore lifeboat launched on Wednesday 18 March following a request from HM Coastguard to assist a vessel with two people on board in difficulty off The Butts at Kingsdown.

Fishing vessel under tow to Ramsgate Harbour

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Fishing vessel under tow to Ramsgate Harbour

Volunteers responded to a crew assemble paging and launched on the station's Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan at 1.42pm following reports of a seven tonne, 30-foot fishing boat, en route between Southend and Hastings, with an overheating engine issue. The lifeboat was alongside the casualty vessel six minutes later.

A crew member was transferred to the vessel to assess the situation and assist those on board. A line was affixed and the fishing boat was taken under tow to Ramsgate, entering the harbour at 3.45pm. After overseeing a safe berthing the lifeboat returned to station at 4.30 pm where it was washed down and made ready for service.

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Lifeboat and casualty vessel inside Ramsgate Harbour

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Lifeboat and casualty vessel in Ramsgate Harbour

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