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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to assist 26' yacht with sail problems and engine failure

On Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 2.48pm, the Dungeness RNLI Mersey class lifeboat 'Pride and Spirit was tasked to assist the 26ft Westerley Centaur yacht 'Blix' with two persons onboard.

The yacht was on passage from Brighton to Gillingham Marina and was experiencing sail problems and engine failure, 2.5 miles east of Dungeness.

Once on scene, Coxswain Stuart Adam, in charge of the RNLI lifeboat, put one of his crewmembers onboard the casualty to assess the situation. It was decided to tow the stricken vessel to Dover Harbour.

Dungeness RNLI lifeboat mechanic and deputy second coxswain Trevor Bunney said: 'The two persons onboard the casualty were very grateful for our assistance, it was a very unfortunate situation with their engine overheating and their sail rig failing.'


Photo taken by Dungeness lifeboat crew member Garry Clark Dungeness RNLI lifeboat with the casualty 'Blix' in Dover Harbour.