Dungeness RNLI lifeboat assists lone sailor in 7ft dinghy unable to paddle back to shore
On Wednesday 29 August at 14.12pm, HM Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to a 7ft rubber dinghy with one person on board, 8 miles north east of Dungeness. The casualty had drifted off shore and was unable to paddle back to Folkestone.
Coxswain Stuart Adams in charge of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and his volunteer crew proceeded to the casualty’s position and after assessment of the situation, recovered the casualty and his vessel onto the lifeboat. The casualty was very wet and very cold but the RNLI’s volunteers made sure he was kept warm with blankets on board before being handed over to the ambulance service on their return to the lifeboat station.
Coxswain Adams said ‘The gentleman was very lucky to be spotted by a passing cabin cruiser who reported it to the coastguard’
RNLI photograph shows 7ft rubber dinghy at Dungeness RNLI lifeboat station
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