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casuality on towDungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to dive boat experiencing an overheated engine

On Wednesday 27 February at 4.27pm the UK coastguard tasked the lifeboat to a 10m fibreglass dive boat, 2 miles south east of Dungeness with two persons on board, experiencing problems with their engine overheating.

Coxswain Stuart Adams, in command of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew, launched on service and were soon on scene. A volunteer RNLI crewmember was put on aboard casualty to assess the situation and it was established that a tow would be needed. Towlines were rigged to enable the RNLI lifeboat to tow the casualty safely to Dover Harbour.

The RNLI lifeboat returned to Dungeness, refuelled and was made ready for service by 8.50pm.

Coxswain Adams said ‘the casualty was well prepared, there was brilliant teamwork from our volunteer crew, another job well done.

Casuality being moored safely by the RNLI lifeboat in Dover Harbour

Photographs taken by crewmen Trevor Bunney and Ant Hills show the casualty being towed by the RNLI lifeboat and being moored safely by the RNLI lifeboat in Dover Harbour.

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