Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to two incidents on same service launch
On Thursday 21 August at 07.44 the Dungeness RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ was tasked to a 10 metre angling boat, 13.5 miles east of the station, advising of gearbox failure with two persons on board Once on scene Coxswain Stuart Adams, in command of the RNLI lifeboat instructed his volunteer crew to swiftly tow the casualty out of the dangerous shipping lane first before addressing their problem and after assessment decided that the casualty needed towing back to it’s home port of Dover. Coxswain Adams said “ the casualty was well prepared and made the right decision in calling for assistance, it must of felt like being broken down in the fast lane of a motorway, we were happy to assist”
As soon as the casualty was safely moored in Dover Harbour the RNLI lifeboat proceeded on her homewood passage to Dungeness but was interrupted at 11.37 hours and tasked by Dover Coastguard to reports of an injured power pack jet skier approximately two miles, fifteen minutes from Dungeness. Once on scene Coxswain Adams put a crew member into the water and with the assistance of two other jet skiers they evacuated the casualty into a basket stretcher which was pulled aboard the RNLI lifeboat. A casualty care assessment was made by our fully trained crew with entonox being administered to make the casualty more comfortable while the RNLI lifeboat slowly made her way back the lifeboat station. Paramedics in a waiting ambulance met the lifeboat and after their assessment declared him fit enough to walk with hospital treatment not necessary. Coxswain Adams said ”The jet skiers were very sensible and had prepared for any emergency which is why they were quickly able to contact the coastguards with their VHF hand held radio to ask for help”
Photographs are from crew members Dave Richards and Steve Cardew showing casualty being towed by RNLI lifeboat and safely moored in Dover Harbour by the Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 'The Morrell'
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