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Dungeness RNLI assist broken down sailing vessel

On Monday 6 May at 4.31pm, Dungeness RNLI were tasked to respond to a sailing vessel which had broken down. The casualty vessel was located three miles east of Dungeness and had three people on board.

Once on the scene, a volunteer crew member went aboard the 7m sailing craft and it was decided that the casualty should be towed to safety. A tow was established and the Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell’and her volunteer crew towed the casualty to Dover.

The lifeboat then returned to station and was ready for service by 10.00pm.

Deputy Second Coxswain, Steve Cardew says: ‘Those on board were very well prepared in this instance and made the correct decision to call the coastguard when they got into difficulties. Our volunteer crew showed good teamwork as always in assisting the casualty.’

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Photo by volunteer lifeboat crew member Jon Morgan

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