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Dungeness RNLI tows yacht to safety in Rye Harbour

On Wednesday 2 December, Dungeness RNLI assisted a broken down yacht with two people on board, two miles from Dungeness.

The lifeboat launched at 5.15pm and was quickly on scene. There were two people onboard the casualty vessel who were wearing lifejackets and the vessel was around 25ft long.

It was established that their engine had failed but they had managed to get it working again.

Due to the uncertainty with the engine, it was decided that the lifeboat would escort the vessel back to their berth in Rye.

However, not much speed was being made during the passage so it was decided that the lifeboat would assist the vessel by towing them to the safety of their berth.

Once the vessel was secure, the lifeboat headed back to station at 11.30pm.

Stuart Adams, Coxswain, says: 'The yacht got into difficulties today due to engine failure and did the right thing in calling the coastguard for assistance. This highlights the importance of taking radio equipment and other means of communication with you when going to sea.'

dungeness rnli tows yacht to safety in rye harbour

Casualty being towed into Rye Harbour under moonlight - photo by crew member Jonathon Morgan

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