Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was called out late last night (Friday 5 December) after a fishing vessel encountered problems on its delivery voyage.
The 10m long fishing vessel with two persons on board was on passage from Burnham-on-Crouch to Portsmouth when, while about five miles north of Margate, and in worsening weather conditions they encountered problems first with their electronic navigation system and then with their main engine.
The crew contacted coastguards at Dover and requested assistance to reach safety.
Margate’s all-weather lifeboat ‘Leonard Kent’ was tasked to assist and once on scene it was established that the fishing vessel’s progress using their faltering engine was insufficient to make safe progress so the vessel was taken in tow.
After an uneventful passage the refuge of Ramsgate harbour was reached and the vessel secured safely alongside, their journey temporarily interrupted.
Both crew were none the worse for wear after their experience.