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Dungeness lifeboat tasked to yacht with engine failure

On Monday 24 November at 3pm, Dungeness RNLI relief Shannon class lifeboat 13-04 was tasked by Dover Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 37' yacht with engine failure, 0.5 miles south east of Dungeness on passage from Dover to Plymouth.

Once on scene, Duty Coxswain Roger Gillett in charge of the RNLI lifeboat Storm Rider assessed the situation and instructed his voluntary crew to rig up a tow to take the casualty to Dover. Coxswain Gillett said " The casualty agreed that a tow to Dover was the only course of action to take in order to get the vessel into a safe haven"

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Photos by Nick Brooks - (casualty with power station behind ready for the tow) and Jason Adams (photo shows tow rope through the rails of the lifeboat). The photograph of our RNLI lifeboat in Dover Harbour alongside casualty was taken by James Clapham from Dover Lifeboat Station.

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