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Sixty Foot Racing Yacht Calls For Assistance From Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat

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Photos taken by lifeboat crewman Garry Clark

The sixty foot racing yacht 'Red Sapphire' on passage to France from Holland in readiness to start racing with three persons on board, got into difficulties seven miles east of Dungeness when it's main sail blew out and its engine was not powerful enough to make any head way in the heavy weather conditions.

The Dungeness RNLI lifeboat escorted the casualty to outside Dover Harbour but took the vessel under tow to ensure it made it safely through the entrance.

Racing Yacht Red Sapphire

Yacht Red Sapphire in Dover Harbour with Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Pride And Spirit
Photograph taken by Stuart Richardson, coxswain of Dover RNLI Lifeboat