Second stop in a week to a yacht in difficulty

Walmer RNLI called to help a yacht having fuel problems.

Crew of Walmer’s Atlantic Coastal Lifeboat Donald McLauchlan launched at 8.29pm on Saturday evening July 2 after HM Coastguard issued a Pan Pan (an urgent but not immediately life threatening) for a 10m, 10 tonne yacht with two incapacitated persons on board to advance three miles north-east of the Lifeboat Station near Goodwin Fork at the entrance to the Gull Stream. The yacht was in transit from Ramsgate to Eastbourne when it developed fuel problems.

The lifeboat was asked to launch by HM Coastguard to assess the situation and the helm made the decision that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to help the injured.

A crew member was brought on board with a handheld VHF radio to secure a line and the vessel was towed into Ramsgate harbour. The lifeboat was recovered ashore at the station at 10:40 p.m., washed, refueled and prepared for further service.

Notes to Editors

Walmer Lifeboat Station was established in 1856.

It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.

Crews received 28 awards for bravery

Photo 1 Wrecked vessel under tow

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Julio V. Miller