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Dungeness RNLI lifeboat tasked to dive boat experiencing an overheated engine

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 27 February at 4.27pm the UK coastguard tasked the lifeboat to a 10m fibreglass dive boat, 2 miles south east of Dungeness with two persons on board, experiencing problems with their engine overheating.

Casualty being towed by Dungeness RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/Trevor Bunney

Casualty being towed by Dungeness RNLI lifeboat

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

The RNLI lifeboat returned to Dungeness, 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'

RNLI media contacts


  • Judith Richardson – Dungeness RNLIVolunteerLifeboat Press Officer
    Tel: 01797 320062/Mob: 07859264226
  • Email: pressofficer@dungenesslifeboat.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer (South East) 0207 6207416/07786 66882 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk
Dungeness RNLI lifeboat safely mooring the casualty in Dover Harbour

RNLI/Ant Hills

Dungeness RNLI lifeboat safely mooring the casualty in Dover Harbour

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