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Dungeness lifeboat tasked to search for person reported falling overboard from Dover ferry.

On Wednesday 13 November at 1.50am, the relief Shannon class lifeboat 13-04 Storm Rider was tasked to join other RNLI lifeboats to help in the search of a person reported falling overboard from the Dover ferry Pride of Kent, 20 miles north east of Dungeness.

Once on scene 6.5 miles off Dover, the Dungeness and Dover all-weather lifeboats and Walmer inshore lifeboat joined a Dover harbour tug, a Calais lifeboat, a RAF search and rescue helicopter and other commercial boats in an extensive search of the area but no one was found. The Dungeness and Dover All Weather Lifeboats (AWL) continued to search for another two hours after other emergency and commercial vessels were released. The search was eventually called off and the Dungeness lifeboat returned to station after eight hours at sea. Stuart Adams, Coxswain in charge of the RNLI lifeboat and her voluntary crew said, “A good job was done by all concerned, a fine example of multi agencies working together”

Storm Rider 1 Stephen Horne

Photograph taken by Stephen Horne from Bromley, age 13

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