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Dover Coastguard RNLI rescued boat from shipping lane of channel

By Emily Stott

RNLI volunteers rescued a boat from the shipping lanes of the channel last night.

The lifeboat was launched at 5.15pm yesterday after a 24ft fishing vessel suffered engine failure around eight miles out in the channel, in the busy shipping lanes.

Dover lifeboat in action.
Dover lifeboat in action.

Mark Finnis, from Dover RNLI, said: “Thankfully this job turned out to be a routine call in fine weather but the risk of a boat drifting in the busiest shipping lanes in the world meant that a fast response was vital.”

City of London II lifeboat was launched with a crew of seven.

On arrival at the scene a tow was quickly established and the casualty vessel and two passengers were towed back to Dover by 7.20pm.

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