Dungeness lifeboat tasked to French fishing vessel taking on water
At 3.45am on Saturday 22 August the Dungeness lifeboat was tasked by Dover Coastguard to a 10m French fishing vessel taking on water, 11 miles southeast of Dungeness with two persons on board. Once on scene, duty Coxswain Roger Gillett in command of the Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ found the two persons on board the casualty had abandoned the stricken vessel by transferring to a Boulogne fishing vessel that was standing by.
The lifeboat went along side to assess casualty care of these two people and all indicated they were dry and well. The RNLI lifeboat returned to the stricken vessel to see if it could be saved but once along side it was established the vessel was taking in water too fast and within three minutes the lifeboat had to speedily move away to prevent any damage to the lifeboat as the stricken vessel sank. Dungeness lifeboat returned to station, refuelled and was ready for service by 6.30am.
French fishing vessel sinking - photographs by crew member Rod Bradnam
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