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Last year RNLI lifeboats rescued almost 8,000 people, an average of 21 people per day.

24th July 2014, Walmer RNLI lifeboat called to assist yacht in difficulty.

The volunteer crew of Walmer RNLI lifeboat were called to assist a yacht and its skipper who had gotten into difficulty 1 mile east of ‘The Butts’ at Kingsdown.

Walmers inshore lifeboat crew were paged at 8.22pm to reports of a yacht in difficulty. The Atlantic 85 lifeboat ‘Donald McLauchlan’ was launched immediately and quickly arrived on scene.

The skipper of the 26ft yacht ‘The flying TAB NAB’ had earlier sailed from Sandwich with one other person on board and was trying to make his way back against wind and tide. On trying to start his engine the skipper realised that he had no power and wasn’t able to make headway in the conditions. He was able to contact coastguard by dialling 999 from his mobile phone.

The coastguards were able to advise the skipper to sail back out to sea as he was drifting with the wind and tide closer to the rocky shore under the cliffs at Kingsdown.

On reaching the yacht lifeboat helmsman Dan Sinclair was able to put a crew member aboard the yacht to assess the situation and assist with rigging tow lines. The yacht was then towed into the safety of Dover harbour, where the two men were landed safely at Cross Wall Quay.

Commenting on the callout Walmer RNLI lifeboat helmsman Dan Sinclair said ‘The good weather has encouraged more people out onto our coastal waters, weather conditions can be unpredictable and it is essential that people take the necessary precautions to make sure that they are safe. The crew of the yacht had lifejackets and were wearing them, they also had a VHF radio but unfortunately in this instance a flat battery rendered the radio unusable. As soon as they knew they were in difficulty they made the right decision and dialled 999 and asked for help’.



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