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Dungeness RNLI tasked to broken down fishing vessel in the English Channel

On Friday 19 June at 2.37pm, the Dungeness RNLI Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat launched to a fishing vessel in need of assistance due to breaking down whilst approximately 3 miles south east of Dungeness.

The casualty vessel made contact with the lifeboat station to advise they required assistance in getting ashore due to problems with their engine. It was also nearly low tide which meant that there may not have been enough water and so prompt action needed to be taken. Contact was then made with the UK Coastguard who paged the crew to launch the lifeboat.

Once on scene, the crew established a tow line to the vessel and towed them back to Dungeness in gale force 5 winds.

Trevor Bunney, Second Coxswain/Mechanic, says: ‘The casualty took correct action in calling for help when they realised that their engine was in difficulty and the tide was against them. Thankfully, we were able to tow the vessel back to safety. Today has been a good reminder that it is essential to take a means of communication with you when on the water so as to make contact when needing help. If you find yourself in danger or suspect someone else is in danger please call ‘999’ and ask for the ‘Coastguard’.’

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