Dungeness lifeboat assists stricken Dutch yacht with five persons on board.
On Monday 29 June at 0.02am, the all-weather RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ was launched, tasked by Dover Coastguard under the command of Coxswain Stuart Adams, to a 12 metre yacht with a fouled propeller, eight miles north-east of Dungeness on passage from Newport in Belgium to Cowes.
Once on scene, Coxswain Adams established that fishing gear had fouled the yachts propeller and the vessel was unable to make any headway. After assessment of the situation Coxswain Adams decided that the yacht should be towed to Dover. One member from the RNLI lifeboat crew was put on board the stricken vessel to rig up the tow and assist the casualties. Coxswain Adams said ‘ The yacht was very well prepared for any emergency which made it so much easier for us, however this was an unforeseeable problem and the casualties were very appreciative of our help’
Once the Dutch yacht was safely moored in Dover Harbour the RNLI lifeboat returned to Dungeness and was ready for service at 4am.
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