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Dungeness lifeboat tasked to search for dinghy with two persons on board

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 5 July at 10pm the RNLI lifeboat was tasked together with Littlestone lifeboat and search and rescue helicopter 163 to reports of the possibility of two persons in dinghy that had disappeared out of sight 12 miles north, northeast of Dungeness

Once on scene, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew set up a parallel search pattern a quarter mile out from the coastline together with Littlestone lifeboat for two miles. After this extensive search pattern was completed, nothing was found.

Both lifeboats and the sea rescue helicopter 163 were stood down with Dungeness lifeboat being refuelled and ready for service in the early hours of Wednesday 6 July.

Coxswain Adams said ‘we are going through a busy period and our volunteers are fantastic to give up their time to help the RNLI to continue saving lives at sea’

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  • Judith Richardson – Dungeness RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
    01797 320062 / 07859264226/ pressofficer@dungenesslifeboat.org.uk  
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252  tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/South East/East)
    0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


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