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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat responds to a 999 call

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 3 June at 6.45pm, the UK Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to a windsurfer who had been seen by a member of the public to have gone down in the sea but had not been seen get back up, three quarters of a mile out from the old coastguard lookout at Dungeness.

RNLI/Mark Richardson

The Dungeness lifeboat 'The Morrell' being recarriaged

Once on scene, Coxswain Stuart Adams, in command of the Shannon-class lifeboat 13-02‘The Morrell’, spoke with the casualty to find out his situation and made the decision to escort him into the beach, where he was met by the local Coastguard Rescue Team.

Coxswain Adams said ‘Thank you to the member of the public who made the 999 call, we are always happy to respond to any calls.’

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