The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat had a tragic start to the Bank Holiday Weekend when they went to the aid of a diver in difficulties on Friday evening. LB1

Dover Coastguard requested an immediate launch following a call from a dive boat that had an unconscious male diver on board. Dover’s Severn Class Lifeboat, ‘City Of London II’ left its berth just before 2200 with a paramedic on board and met up with the diving vessel two miles off the harbour entrance. The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and CPR was commenced and continued until the lifeboat was back alongside.

The lifeboat was met by medical staff from the Kent Air Ambulance which had landed close to the lifeboat station. Unfortunately despite the efforts of the lifeboat crew and ambulance staff the casualty did not recover and the matter is now in the hands of Kent Police.

All at Dover Lifeboat Station offer their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

It was a busy weekend for the volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat this weekend with three service calls plus performing a rescue demonstration for the Dover Community regatta and the station hosting it’s annual Open Day on Sunday.


On Saturday following a successful and well received sea rescue demonstration together with Walmer Lifeboat off Dover’s seafront, the RNLI volunteers were paged by Dover Coastguard to take over the tow of an 11 metre German yacht with two people on board, some six miles off the port from the Dungeness Lifeboat. The lifeboat quickly meet up with the vessel and proceeded to tow her back to the Port of Dover arriving back just after 1730.

The volunteers were then paged again at 0100 on Sunday morning to reports of a person in distress on the cliffs at Folkestone. The lifeboat proceeded to the area and prepared a crew to launch their small inflatable Y- Boat to get closer to the scene when they were told that the person concerned had been taken into the custody of Kent Police and the lifeboat was stood down and returned to Dover at 0220.

Sunday the 27th July was the station’s annual open day giving local supporters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and at 1127 as the crowds started to gather, Dover Coastguard requested an immediate launch to an 18 metre, 27 tonne converted barge that was taking in water some 5 miles off the port of Dover and in immediate danger of sinking with two people and a dog on board. The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Mark ‘Foggy’ Finnis quickly arrived on the scene and transferred two crew members and a pump on board. At the same time a female passenger suffering from sea sickness and the dog were taken aboard the lifeboat for safety.

The ingress of water was stopped and the Dover Lifeboat then took the barge in tow and returned to the marina at 1350.

Dover lifeboat Coxswain mark ‘Foggy’ Finnis said “It was a very busy weekend for our volunteer crew but each incident was dealt with in a calm and professional manner. I would also like to thank the people of Dover for their support at the Dover Community regatta and at our Open Day, without that, the lifeboat and its crew of volunteers would be unable to continue its lifesaving work.”



German Yacht "Charlie"

German Yacht “Charlie”

Crewmember Wayne with "Rocky"

Crewmember Wayne with “Rocky”

Shout 210614Dover’s RNLI lifeboat was launched at 1715 on Saturday 21st June 2014 after a request from Dover Coastguard to attend a 24ft fishing vessel that had suffered engine failure approximately 8 miles out in the channel in the shipping lanes with two persons on board.


Dover Lifeboat “City Of London II” left her berth with a crew of seven led by Coxswain Mark ‘Foggy’ Finnis in fine conditions and headed at full speed to the reported position of the vessel.On arrival at the scene a tow was quickly established and the casualty vessel was taken in tow by the lifeboat which then proceeded back to Dover.

The lifeboat was back alongside at 1920.

Dover Lifeboat Coxswain, Mark Finnis said “Thankfully this job turned out to be a routine call in fine weather but the risk of a boat drifting in the busiest shipping lanes in the world meant that a fast response was vital.”

Volunteer crew members of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat dropped everything on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon Lifeboat01
following reports of two people being cut off by the tide at the eastern side of Samphire Hoe.
Dover’s Severn class lifeboat ‘City Of London II’ left her moorings at Crosswall Quay shortly after 1430 under the command of Second Coxswain James Clapham and proceeded to the area. On arrival it was …found that two local teenagers were trapped by the incoming tide and they were evacuated to the safety of the lifeboat. A third person, an adult male from Folkestone was also found to be in potential danger from the water and was also brought aboard the lifeboat. All three were then taken back to Dover Marina.
Second Coxswain Clapham said that although a routine job for the volunteer crew, it highlighted the danger of incoming tides and urged all people when walking on our beaches to check the tide times before they set out.

The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat said a huge thank you to members of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation

when a cheque for the grand sum of chq 4th May£3082 was presented on-board the station’s Severn Class lifeboat City Of London II on Sunday morning.


The association which escorts would-be channel swimmers across the channel raised the money at their annual dinner and as is normal at that event the members wanted the money to go to their local lifeboat.

 The cheque was accepted by Dover’s Second Coxswain James Clapham who said that without donations such as these from organisations and members of the local community the Royal National Lifeboat Institution would cease to exsist, so on behalf of the crew and the Dover branch I would like to say a huge thank you to the CS & PF.

From Kent Police’s Press Office – our thoughts at RNLI Dover are with the family
and friends of those concerned.Monday Kent Police was called at 3.15pm on Monday (28 April 2014) after a man’s body was discovered on the shoreline below Langdon Cliffs in Dover.
The body has not been formally identified but the family members of a man reported missing  from the London area on Sunday night have been info…rmed. Officers attended after the body was recovered by the RNLI. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for HM Coroner.
Earlier on Monday (28 April) another man’s body was found at approximately 7.15am on on the shore line between Dover and St Margaret’s (between Crab Bay and Fan Bay).
Officers attended the scene but the death is not being treated as suspicious. A report is being prepared for HM Coroner and work is underway to identify the man believed not to have come from the Kent area.
The two deaths are not being connected.
Dover Lifeboat launched at 1248 today to reports of an overturned boat some 3 miles off the Eastern entrance to the port. Severn Class in rough
After an extensive search nothing was found and the lifeboat returned to station at 1522.

Dover’s RNLI lifeboat was launched at 0130 on Sunday morning following reports that a liferaft had been spotted drifting approximately 10 miles out in the channel near the Varne Light vessel.

Dover Lifeboat “City Of London II” left her berth with a crew of seven led by 2nd Coxswain James Clapham in winds of 25 knots and moderate sea conditions. On arrival at the scene the liferaft was quickly spotted and it was established that it was empty. Dover Coastguard confirmed that a ship had lost a liferaft overboard the previous evening in the stormy conditions.The liferaft was taken in tow by the lifeboat which then proceeded back to Dover. The lifeboat was back alongside at 0500.

Dover Lifeboat 2nd Coxswain, James Clapham said “Thankfully this job turned out to be a false alarm but the volunteer crew performed brilliantly in uncomfortable conditions.”liferaft

Dover’s RNLI lifeboat was launched late on Friday evening after white flashing lights were spotted by the P&O ferry the Spirit Of Britain about a mile off the Port Of Dover’s eastern entrance. 

Dover Lifeboat “City Of London II” left her berth at 2330 with a crew of seven led by Deputy 2nd Coxswain Lee Riddell in winds of 50 knots and rough sea conditions. Dover Coastguard also launched the all weather lifeboat from Ramsgate and a RAF search and rescue helicopter. A large area in and around the Goodwin Sands was searched by the lifeboats with nothing found. Dover Coastguard subsequently received a message from the motor vessel Hatherly that in the atrocious sea conditions they had lost overboard a six person liferaft  and it was confirmed that that was the source of the lights. The search was then stood down with Dover Lifeboat arriving back at her berth at 0330

Dover Lifeboat Deputy 2nd Coxswain, Lee Riddell said “Thankfully this job turned out to be a false alarm but the volunteer crew performed brilliantly in awful and uncomfortable conditions.”

sltugDover’s RNLI lifeboat was launched on service for the first time this year on Saturday morning after a Liberian-registered cargo ship, heading towards Genoa in Italy, passed between a tug and a smaller vessel it was towing, causing serious damage

 The Dungeness lifeboat was initially sent to the scene, but was replaced by the Dover’s RNLI Severn class lifeboat, the City Of London II and the Galatea, a Trinity House vessel.Dover Lifeboat left the port shortly before midday with a volunteer crew of seven and rendezvoused with the casualty vessels just before 1400. The cargo ship continued down the coast and anchored off the Sussex port of Newhaven.

Due to the crew of the tug suffering from tiredness, the tow of the damaged vessel was taken up by the Galatea with Dover Lifeboat providing an escort and the long, slow passage back to Dover was started. The vessels eventually arrived back in Dover shortly before 2300 on Saturday evening with the lifeboat and its crew having been at sea for almost 12 hours.

Lifeboat Operations Manager at Dover, Roy Couzens said “This was a long arduous service for our volunteer crew which thankfully resulted in no-one being injured.”

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