Dungeness lifeboat was tasked to a motor fishing vessel with engine problems off Rye on the first day of 2016
At 14.10 on Friday 1 January the RNLI relief Shannon class lifeboat 13-04 ‘Storm Rider’ was launched to a 10 metre MFV with one person on board, 9 miles from Dungeness Point, which had developed engine problems.
Once on scene, Coxswain Roger Gillett in charge of the RNLI lifeboat and her voluntary crew assessed the situation. Rye RNLI inshore lifeboat was also tasked to the casualty and It was established the casualty was able to slowly make its own way, under its own steam back to Rye at a speed of 4 knots in the 3 metre swells.
Both RNLI lifeboats escorted the casualty into Rye Harbour and the vessel was safely moored on its own berth.
Coxswain Gillett said ‘It was a sensible call, the casualty could have got into trouble as it had reduced power in confused seas, we were happy to escort it safely into the river’
Photograph by volunteer RNLI crewmember Mark Richardson
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