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Walmer RNLI launched to assist cabin cruiser in difficulty.

Lifeboats News Release

A volunteer crew from Walmer RNLI went to the aid of a 46 foot cabin cruiser which had reported a loss of power 24 miles off the coast.

Walmer's Atlantic 85 'Donald McLauchlan.'

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer's Atlantic 85 'Donald McLauchlan.'

Walmer's Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan launched at 5.05pm on 30 January in response to a request from UK Coastguard to assist the cabin cruiser Galeon with two people on board which had reported a loss of power near the Sandettié lightvessel.

Dover lifeboat were initially tasked with the rescue but were redirected to an incident off Folkestone Pier.

Dover Coastguard reported that Galeon had regained power in one engine and were trying to make passage to Dover. On reaching the vessel Walmer crew member James Foster was put aboard to attach a tow line. Dover's lifeboat arrived on scene to take over the tow putting two crew members aboard. Donald McLachlan remained alongside until all three vessels had safely crossed the shipping lane.

Walmer were released at 7.15pm and arrived back on station at 7.40pm.

Speaking on their return helmsman Dan Sinclair said 'This launch was a good learning experience for the crew, navigating in the dark across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.'

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