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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat answers mayday call

On Thursday 23 August at 12.36pm, HM Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to a mayday call received from a 13m cabin cruiser with two persons on board. The casualty was experiencing engine problems in moderate seas, 4 miles south west of Dungeness Point on passage to Brighton.

Once on scene, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the RNLI lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ assessed the situation and the condition of the two persons on board, one being very alarmed at their problem. It was established that the anchor chain was wrapped round one of the twinned engine propellers. Coxswain Adams asked the person in charge of the vessel to follow the lifeboat around the point using the one working engine, to see what help the RNLI could give the stricken vessel in the calmer conditions and to make sure everyone was feeling safer.

Once this was achieved, Coxswain Adams put two volunteer crewmembers from the RNLI lifeboat aboard the casualty and they managed, between the lifeboat and the casualty to recover the anchor and secure a tow and made good for Dover Harbour to safely secure the casualty on the visitors berth.

The lifeboat returned to Dungeness at 7.30pm. refuelled and was made ready for service.

Coxswain Adams said ‘ Our volunteers did a very professional job and the female casualty was elated to see our crew aboard their boat to get their situation under control’

Photographs below taken from the RNLI lifeboat by volunteer deputy second coxswain Mark Richardson

Cabin Cruiser mayday 23 August 2018
Cabin Cruiser mayday 23 August 2018

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