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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat assists 5 metre RIB with mechanical breakdown, 16 miles from Dungeness.

On Sunday 31 August at 4.10 pm our Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ was tasked by Dover Coastguard to assist a 5 metre RIB, broken down with engine failure, 16 miles east of Dungeness with one person aboard. Two other vessels stood by the RIB until our arrival.

Once on scene Coxswain Stuart Adams, in charge of the lifeboat transferred the person onto the lifeboat for a health assessment and put one of his volunteer crew onto the rib to attach a tow rope. After securing the tow the lifeboat bought the casualty back to Dungeness for our volunteer shore crew to recover it onto the beach ready for collection.

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Photographs shows RIB along side lifeboat and ready to start tow – taken from the RNLI lifeboat by crew member Mark Richardson

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