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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to stricken yacht, becalmed and suffering engine failure

On the evening of Saturday 21 May at 11.40pm, Dover Coastguard paged the lifeboat to go to the aid of a 30’ yacht, becalmed and suffering from engine failure with five persons on board, one mile south west of the Dungeness Point.

Once on scene, Coxswain Stuart Adams in charge of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew, assessed the situation and a tow to Dover was undertaken by the lifeboat. Once the casualty was safely berthed in Dover, the RNLI lifeboat returned to station.

Photograph taken from the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 by volunteer crew member Mark Richardson of the casualty safely berthed in Dover Harbour

Photograph taken from the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 by volunteer crew member
Mark Richardson of the casualty safely berthed in Dover Harbour

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