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Dungeness RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 tasked to fishing boat with machinery failure, broken down in the shipping lane in the English channel

On Easter Bank Holiday Monday, 21 April 2014 at 11.16 am the Dungeness RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ was tasked to a 10m fishing vessel with two persons on board, 7 miles south west of Dungeness Point whose propeller was fouled and gearbox had fallen off. The casualty had been swiftly towed out of the shipping lanes of the English channel by another fishing vessel to prevent the casualty from becoming a shipping hazard.

Once on scene, duty Coxswain Stuart Adams in charge of the RNLI lifeboat and his volunteer crew put a tow rope aboard the stricken vessel and subsequently towed it back to its home port in Rye, East Sussex. Afterwards Coxswain Adams said “The casualty was right to ask for assistance, we were happy to come to his aid and get him safely back to his home port”

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The photographs were taken by RNLI volunteer crew member Rod Bradnam and shows the casualty being towed and along side the RNLI Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’

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