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Dungeness lifeboat tasked to yacht taking in water from broken porthole

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 19 May at 6.41pm the Dungeness RNLI lfeboat was paged by Dover Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 16 metre yacht, 4 miles north of the station, on passage from Ramsgate to Eastbourne with two adults and two children on board

​The yacht was taking in water from a broken porthole window, just above the waterline. Once on scene Coxswain Stuart Adams, in charge of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 'The Morrell' and her volunteer crew put one crew member on board the casualty to assess the situation and to make sure everyone was ok.  Once the damaged porthole was shored up using pillows and was not taking in any more water Coxswain Adams decided to escort the casualty on to Dover for repairs as there were children on board. Coxswain Adams said 'although the skipper was well equipped for the passage he did the right thing calling us out as his main concern was the safety of his children' 

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