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Dover RNLI rescue powerboat in distress taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

The Dover RNLI were tasked to escort and support a vessel taking on water off of the coast of Hythe.

RNLI/Nicholas Cobb

On Wednesday afternoon of last week at approximately 2.30pm, the crew were tasked to a 13m powerboat on passage from Gillingham to Poole that had begun taking on water some 3nm east of Hythe.

Whilst on an extended exercise, Dover's Severn Class ALB made best speed and placed two crew aboard the casualty vessel with a salvage pump.

Escorting the vessel back to the safety of Dover Harbour, the vessel was made safe and the crew stood down around 6.30pm.

If you ever experience trouble at sea and you begin to take on water, always call 999 and request the coastguard.

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



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