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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to small cabin cruiser taking in water

At 12.44 hours on Tuesday 10 July 2012, the RNLI lifeboat was tasked to the 20' clinker built cabin cruiser 'Kestrel" on passage from Dover to Rye with one person on board, I mile N.N.E. of Dungeness that was taking in water.

Once along side the stricken vessel, two RNLI crewmembers and a salvage pump from the lifeboat were put aboard and the passenger and his belongings were transferred to the RNLI lifeboat for safety. Coxswain Stuart Adams said "The casualty was up to his knees in water but my crew managed to save the vessel using the pump to keep up with the intake of water. Planks had sprung away from the bow stem and our only option was to beach the vessel opposite the boathouse"

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