Dungeness lifeboat rescues catamaran crew after collision with cargo vessel in English Channel - PHOTOS

Contributed by editor on Aug 10, 2018 - 05:30 PM



Photographs by RNLI volunteer crew member Jon Morgan

Dungeness RNLI crew was called out after a 42 ft catamaran collided with a cargo ship in the English Channel en route from Riga in Latvia to Shoreham in West Sussex.

At 4.10am on Wednesday 8 August HM Coastguard called upon Dungeness lifeboat to assist a 42ft catamaran that had been in collision with a 2,000 ton cargo vessel, 4 mile southwest of Dungeness point.

The RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 “The Morrell’ under the command of Coxswain Stuart Adams arrived on scene to see the mast from the catamaran entangled with the ship.


Coxswain Adams put two of his volunteer crew members aboard the casualty to establish everyone was accounted for and no one had any injuries. With the help of two crew from the cargo vessel, the two RNLI volunteers managed to untangle and separate the two vessels.

After the crew’s assessment of the catamaran and the well-being of her passengers, Coxswain Adams decided to bring the casualty around Dungeness point and transferred two more lifeboat crew onto the stricken vessel to secure the two hulls of the catamaran together, making it safer for the casualty to be towed to Dover Harbour, where it was safely moored.


Coxswain Stuart Adams said: ‘The two occupants on the catamaran had been through a traumatic experience and apart from being shaken up, escaped without any injuries and together with our RNLI volunteer crew worked hard to save the vessel’

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