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Dover RNLI rescues 10m cruiser adrift in the Channel

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday June 19 at 12.54pm the Dover crew were tasked to assist and tow a cruiser adrift in the English Channel with engine failure.

RNLI/Nicholas Cobb

Arriving on scene approximately 30 minutes after the page was received, Dover's volunteer crew found the cruiser around three nautical miles off the coast of Folkstone.

Located in poor visibility and with all casualties checked over, an assessment was carried out and the decision was taken to take the vessel under tow to Dover Harbour by the station's Severn Class All-Weather Lifeboat (ALB) City of London II. Once there it was safely moored and the crew stood down, while the lifeboat was prepared for its next callout.

According to Danny Wilkins, Dover's newly appointed Coxswain:

'Having reached the scene of the tasking the crew applied a tow and brought the cruiser back to the safety of Dover Harbour. If you ever have an engine problem at sea and require assistance, we would always suggest you not wait and contact the Coastguard immediately for assistance.'

As the largest vessel in the fleet, Dover's Severn Class ALB is able to respond to a variety of taskings and is frequently tasked by the Coastguard to vessels in distress.

RNLI media contacts

  • Nic Cobb, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Dover RNLI [email protected] / 07514350439

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, London and South East 07785 296252 [email protected]

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

RNLI/Nicholas Cobb

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