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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to assist yacht with engine failure in the shipping lane of the English Channel

On Monday 10 June at 5.50 pm, the UK Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to assist a 28’ yacht, sailing from Eastbourne to Boulogne with 4 persons on board, 9 miles south southeast of Dungeness point, becalmed and experiencing engine failure in the south west lane of the English Channel.

Once on scene, Coxswain Stuart Adams, in command of the RNLI Shannon class AWL (all weather lifeboat) 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ transferred one volunteer crewmember aboard the casualty to assess the situation and attempt to re-start the engine. Unfortunately, this was not possible, so a towline was established, and the casualty was safely towed to Dover Harbour, being the nearest safe haven.

The RNLI lifeboat returned to Dungeness, was refuelled and made ready for service by 11.30 pm.

Coxswain Adams said ‘the casualty did everything possible but due to the fact he was in a busy shipping lane, we needed to tow him swiftly out of danger. Our volunteers did a tremendous job once again and the persons on board the casualty were very grateful for our assistance’

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Photo by volunteer lifeboat crew member Simon Collins

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