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Dungeness lifeboat launches to yacht with steering problem 

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Launch - casualty under tow from lifeboat - by Simon Collins 14.05.2017.

Photo By Simon Collins

On Sunday 14 May at 1.30pm, the UK coastguard paged the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat to assist a 10-metre yacht with six persons on board travelling from Eastbourne to Ramsgate, the yacht was experiencing steering difficulties one mile east of the station.

 A local angling boat nearby gave assistance to the stricken vessel until the lifeboat arrived. Once on scene an assessment was made of the situation and the Coxswain Stuart Adams, in charge of Dungeness Lifeboat   ‘The Morrell’ and her crew decided that a crew member should be put aboard the casualty to enable a tow to be established. After this task was safely completed the RNLI lifeboat took the casualty under tow and they slowly made their way to Dover and berthed on a mooring inside the harbour.

The lifeboat returned to Dungeness was re-carriaged, refuelled and made ready for service by 8.15pm.