Dungeness RNLI lifeboat assists MFV with fouled propeller drifting on edge of shipping lane in the English Channel
On Wednesday 9 March 2011 a 10 metre fishing vessel from Rye with two persons on board drifted on to the edge of the busy shipping lane in the English Channel, 3.5 miles south east of Dungeness Point and asked for assistance after its propellers got caught in fishing ropes with the added complication of its rudder jamming.
The RNLI lifeboat launched on service at 07.50 hours and swiftly proceeded to the casualty. After assessment the duty Coxswain Mark Richardson decided to tow the vessel to Dover Harbour. The heavy catamaran took the lifeboat fours hours to tow to Dover and was moored safely in the harbour to enable divers to ascertain the damage the vessel had incurred. The RNLI lifeboat returned to Dungeness and was ready for service at 15.00 hours.
Photograph taken by Dungeness Lifeboat Crew Member Simon Collins