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Dungeness lifeboat tasked to assist yacht  taking in water through damaged porthole

On Thursday 19 May at 6.41pm the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ was paged by Dover Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 16 metre yacht, 4 miles north of the station, on passage from Ramsgate to Eastbourne with two adults and two children on board taking in water from a damaged porthole just above the waterline.

Once on scene Coxswain Stuart Adams, in charge of the RNLI lifeboat and her volunteer crew put one crew member on board the casualty to assess the situation and to make to sure everyone was ok. The damaged porthole was shored up using pillows and not taking in any more water so Coxswain Adams decided to escort the casualty on to Dover for repairs, as there were children on board. Coxswain Adams said ‘although the skipper was well equipped for the passage he did the right thing calling us out as his main concern was the safety of his children’

Photograph of casualty taken from the lifeboat by volunteer crewmember Simon Collins

Photograph by volunteer RNLI crew member Simon Collins

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