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Dungeness and Rye Harbour lifeboat rescue stricken fishing vessel in fog bound English Channel

Dungeness RNLI and Rye Harbour RNLI come together to rescue a broken down 15ft fishing boat broken down on the edge of the world’s busiest shipping lanes

On 5 July 2018 at 9.54am, Dungeness RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 The Morrell was requested to launch by UK coastguard to assist a broken down fishing vessel. The casualty was found 4 nautical miles south east of Dungeness. The fishing boat with two people onboard was on the edge of the south west shipping lane and with the visibility closing in.

Dungeness lifeboat and her volunteer crew under the command of Coxswain Stuart Adams quickly assessed the situation and decided the best course of action was to remove the fishing boat from this dangerous situation as quickly and safely as possible.

Our crew recovered the fishing boat’s anchor and got her under tow towards the safe haven of Rye harbour. Coxswain Adams requested that RNLI Rye Harbour’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat B842 Hello Herbie 11 to take over the tow into the harbour due to the low tide in the river. Having towed the fishing boat through a very busy and very foggy English Channel the two lifeboats met 3 nautical miles south of Rye and the casualty was passed to the care of Rye Harbour lifeboat. Dungeness RNLI lifeboat was then released from service and returned to station.

The casualty being towed by our RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’

The casualty being towed by our RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’

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