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Dive boat rescued by RNLI Dungeness lifeboat

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

Two divers were rescued by RNLI volunteers after their boat began to overheat.

On Wednesday, February 27 just before 4.30pm, the UK coastguard tasked the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat to a 10m fibreglass dive boat, twp miles south east of Dungeness.

There were two people on board, experiencing problems with their engine overheating.

Dungeness RNLI lifeboat safely mooring the casualty in Dover Harbour. Credit: RNLI/Ant Hills (7491593)
Dungeness RNLI lifeboat safely mooring the casualty in Dover Harbour. Credit: RNLI/Ant Hills (7491593)

Coxswain Stuart Adams, in command of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew, were launched on service and soon on scene.

A volunteer RNLI crew member was put on aboard casualty to assess the situation, and it was established that a tow would be needed.

Towlines were rigged to enable the RNLI lifeboat to tow the casualty safely to Dover Harbour.

Casualty being towed by Dungeness RNLI lifeboat. Credit: RNLI/Trevor Bunney (7491595)
Casualty being towed by Dungeness RNLI lifeboat. Credit: RNLI/Trevor Bunney (7491595)

The RNLI lifeboat returned to Dungeness, where it was refuelled and was made ready for service by 8.50pm.

Coxswain Adams said: "The casualty was well prepared. There was brilliant teamwork from our volunteer crew, another job well done."

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