First service call for new helm at Walmer RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat launched at 3.22pm today, 5 May, to a yacht anchored off Deal Castle.

Crew returning to station with casualty on board.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Crew returning to station with casualty on board.
On reaching the vessel and at first seeing no-one on board Duggie Rodbard II circled the yacht to attract attention and were told that one of the three people on board had been taken ill. A lifeboat crew member was put on the yacht and immediately ascertained that none of the three were showing symptoms of Covid. The vessel had been on its way from Walton to Portishead.

The casualty was taken on board the lifeboat and safely transferred to the lifeboat station where they recovered after being checked over by casualty-care trained crew.

This call marked the first opportunity as helm for Walmer volunteer Ed Benson since his pass out in October last year.


Notes to editors

Walmer lifeboat station was established in1856.

It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.

Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry


Helm Ed Benson (left) on his pass-out last year.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Helm Ed Benson (left) on his pass-out last year.

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