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Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat rescues two yachts in one afternoon

26 July was a busy day for Dungeness RNLI Volunteer crew and our Shannon class RNLI Lifeboat The Morrell 13-02. Attending Folkestone Trawler race as a courtesy visit whilst on exercise and being tasked to rescue two yachts in the English Channel.

At 11.45 am on Saturday 26 July 2014 our RNLI Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell 13-02 was tasked by Dover Maritime rescue co-ordination centre to a 28 ft yacht on passage to Eastbourne with two people on board 2 miles south of Folkestone harbour. The lifeboat quickly reached the casualty and a crew member put aboard to assess the problem. It was found to have a fouled rudder and propeller having been snagged in fishing gear. The volunteer crew attempted to clear the problem on scene but as the yacht was also suffering electrical failure Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the RNLI lifeboat decided the best course of action would be to take the vessel to the safe haven of Dover harbour. The yacht was taken under tow and safely moored in Dover at 1.30 pm. The lifeboat then returned to our exercise at Folkestone before being requested to assist another yacht in trouble.

At 2.35 pm we were asked again by Dover MRCC to attend a 11.5 metre German yacht with two people onboard on passage to Calais. At 3.20 pm The RNLI lifeboat found the yacht drifting in the shipping lanes 12 miles east of Dungeness and a crew member again was put aboard to assess the problem. It was found that the vessel had engine breakdown and again Coxswain Adams decided the best course of action was firstly to get her out of the dangerous shipping lanes and to a safe haven. At 3.40 pm the yacht was taken under tow and cleared the shipping lanes at 4.03 pm. The RNLI lifeboat started making passage to Dover before being met by Dover RNLI Lifeboat who took over the tow back to Dover harbour. We were released from service at 4.15 pm and returned to station at 5 pm after 8 hours at sea for our dedicated volunteers.

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Photos from Lyn Griffiths of Folkestone Coastguard and Dover RNLI

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