The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat had an early morning call when a large German sailing vessel 2

got into trouble on Wednesday morning.

The Norda was en-route from Cuxhaven to Cherbourg with six people on board when they suffered engine failure some 6 miles east of the Port Of Dover. The Coastguard paged the lifeboat crew and Dover’s Severn class lifeboat, City Of London II left her berth at 0415 with a crew of seven led by Second Coxswain James Clapham. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and then took the 20 metre Norda in tow and took her back to the port, arriving just after 0600.

Second Coxswain James Clapham said ”This was a routine call for us and something that we train for all the time. It is thanks to the people of Dover who support their lifeboat that it is possible for us to be ready to help anyone out when they need it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

chq28thseptThe volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat said a huge thank you to members of the Phoenix Angling Club when a cheque for the grand sum of £1177 was presented on-board the station’s Severn Class lifeboat City Of London II on Sunday morning.

 

They raised the money through a number of events including an auction, a live music event and a collection outside the local branch of Morrisons. Over the years the club has now donated over ten thousand pounds to their local lifeboat and its volunteer crew.

 

The cheque was accepted by Dover’s Second Coxswain James Clapham and members of the lifeboat crew. Dover’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Roy Couzens said that without donations such as these from organisations and members of the local community the Royal National Lifeboat Institution would cease to exist, so on behalf of the crew and the Dover branch I would like to say a huge thank you to the members of the Phoenix Angling Club for their continued support.

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. Continue reading

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

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