Second call in a week to a yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer RNLI called to assist a yacht experiencing fuel problems.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Crew on Walmer’s inshore Atlantic lifeboat Donald McLauchlan launched at 8.29 pm on Saturday evening, 2 July after HM Coastguard issued a Pan Pan (a situation that is urgent but not an immediate threat to life) for a 10m, 10 tonne yacht with two people on board unable to make headway three miles north-east of the lifeboat station near the Goodwin Fork at the entrance to the Gull Stream. The yacht was on passage from Ramsgate to Eastbourne when it developed fuel issues.

The lifeboat was requested to launch by HM Coastguard in order to assess the situation and the helm made the decision that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties.

A crew member was put aboard with a hand-held VHF radio to fix a line and the vessel was towed into Ramsgate Harbour. The lifeboat was recovered ashore back at station at 10.40pm, washed down, refuelled and made ready for further service.

Notes to editors

Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.

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

Photo 1 Casualty vessel under tow

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