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Dungeness lifeboat tasked to angling boat with battery failure

On Friday 2 December at 3.53pm, the lifeboat was paged by the UK coastguards to an 18’ angling boat with two persons on board, 2 miles east of Dungeness unable to start their engine due to a flat battery.

Once on scene Coxswain Stuart Adams, in charge of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew put a crew member on board the casualty to assess the situation and it was decided the stricken vessel should be towed back to its’ home port of Dover.

As soon as the casualty was safely berthed in Dover Harbour the RNLI lifeboat returned to Dungeness, refuelled and was ready for service by 8.45pm.

20161202Photograph by volunteer crew member Mark Richardson taken from the RNLI lifeboat showing the angling boat safely in Dover Harbour

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