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Dungeness RNLI crew are tasked to a search after a search and rescue transponder signal is detected

At 6.00am on 30 March 2019, the RNLI Dungeness all-weather Shannon class lifeboat, The Morrell, was tasked 12 miles south east of Dungeness to reports of a search and rescue transponder being activated.

The Morrell on Dungeness beach

(Photo: Nicola Thomas)

The volunteer crew carried out two searches of the area in fair but foggy conditions, but no vessel could be found and the lifeboat was stood down by the Coastguard at 9.10am. The lifeboat was recovered and made ready for next service by 10.50am.

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