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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to assist Dutch yacht whose main sail had blown out

At 10.09pm on 9 July, the UK Coastguard tasked the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat to assist a 11 metre Dutch yacht broken down with a water pump problem and main sail blown out, 4 miles north, northeast of Dungeness Point, with two persons on board.

Once launched, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the RNLI Shannon class AWL (all weather lifeboat) lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew proceeded to their position. On scene the Coxswain assessed the situation and the well being of the passengers on board and decided to safely tow the stricken vessel to Dover.

Coxswain Adams said ‘the casualty was fully prepared for their passage but due to unforeseen circumstances they had to call for help. Our volunteers did a fantastic job at that time of night’

The RNLI lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service by 3am on 10 July.

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