Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to small yacht with sails blown out and no fuel
On Wednesday 5 October at 4pm the lifeboat was tasked by Dover Coastguard to assist a 21 foot yacht whose sails had blown out and had no fuel with two persons on board, one mile west south west of Dungeness. The small yacht was on passage from Yarmouth to Plymouth in force 6 easterly winds with 2 metre swells.
Once on scene, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the RNLI lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ put one volunteer crewmember aboard the casualty to assess the situation. It was decided to transfer one person from the yacht to the lifeboat and a tow was established between lifeboat and casualty to enable a safe towage to Eastbourne. On nearing Hastings, the Hastings Mersey class lifeboat with her volunteer crew was launched to rendezvous with Dungeness and take the tow onwards to Eastbourne. The Dungeness lifeboat returned to station, refuelled and was ready for service by 8.30pm.
Coxswain Adams said ‘This vessel was not equipped for the weather conditions. Any vessel putting to sea should have the appropriate lifesaving equipment aboard and get an updated weather forecast before leaving.
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