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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat goes to the aid of a motor cruiser ‘dead in the water’ when the engine failed.

On Monday 17 August at 5.44pm, the Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ was launched to assist a 23ft motor cruiser with engine failure, 5 nautical miles north-east of the station. The vessel had been on passage from Brighton to Southend with three persons on board.

Once on scene Duty Coxswain Roger Gillett, who is also the voluntary station’s sea safety officer assessed the situation and put one of his volunteer crew on board the casualty to rig a towing bridle and the stricken vessel was towed to Dover Harbour. Coxswain Gillett said ‘ although the casualty’s electronic navigation was broken down, we were pleased to see that they were using the traditional paper navigation charts to plot their position for us to locate them. Nowadays too many people rely on electronic navigation aids only’

The casualty under towPhotograph taken of casualty under tow by RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew member Simon Collins

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