Dungeness RNLI lifeboat assists 8m yacht with broken rudder
At 00.06 hours on Monday 13 May 2013, the RNLI Mersey class lifeboat "Pride and Spirit" was tasked by Dover Coastguard to an 8m yacht with rudder problems, six miles east of Dungeness. The casualty had three persons on board and was on passage from the Isle of Wight to Norway. Once on scene and after assessment it was discovered the rudder had sheared off and the decision was made to tow the casualty to Dover. Coxswain Stuart Adams said ‘we were happy to assist. This passage was well prepared by the skipper and two student crew and it was unfortunate that the rudder should have broken’.
Photograph taken from the RNLI lifeboat by crewmember Simon Collins
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