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Dungeness lifeboat tows stricken yacht back to safety from English Channel shipping lanes

Contributed by editor on Jun 14, 2019 - 08:10 AM

The stricken yacht Photo: Volunteer lifeboat crew member Simon Collins

 

On Monday 10 June at 5.50 pm, the UK Coastguard called Dungeness lifeboat to assist a 28’ yacht, sailing from Eastbourne to Boulogne.


The craft with four people on board, was becalmed and had engine failure in the south west lane of the English Channel some 9 miles south southeast of Dungeness point.

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 attached, and the yacht was safely towed to Dover Harbour.

Coxswain Stuart 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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