In what was a busy weekend for the Dover RNLI Lifeboat Station, the crew were tasked to two shouts in four hours.
Whilst out on a planned Sunday exercise the crew were tasked to attend and tow a 10m fishing vessel that had suffered engine failure approximately 3nm southwest of Samphire Hoe. Upon arriving on scene the crew applied a tow and brought the vessel and two persons aboard back to the safety of Dover marina. All being well the crew were stood down at 1pm.
At 2.55pm the
crew were paged to attend a small recreational inflatable with four people that had been blown out to sea some 2nm off of the Hythe coast. Scrambled and on scene within 35 minutes, the inflatable had been blown off course by winds of 20-25 knots in moderate seas. The four casualties were rescued and brought back to the Dover station. This was a great result for all involved as the four rescued are recorded as 'lives saved'.
The RNLI advises that you should always check wind and sea conditions if planning to enjoy the water, carry a waterproof phone pouch with a fully-charged device to call for help and should you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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