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Lifeboatmen are to seek salvage 22nd December 1967

lifeboat men to seek salvage

A claim for salvage is being made by Appledore lifeboatmen following the incident when they helped the 900 ton coaster "Woodlark" aground off Morte Point to safety.

Mr Ernest Carter, the lifeboat coxswain, and his crew are taking legal advice about the action, which would be independent of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  The men themselves will have to foot the bill.

The Woodlark, which was carrying a cargo of wines, was aground for about 7 hours before the lifeboat, which had stood by, helped on a rising tide to pull her clear from the rocks about 20 minutes before the arrival of a tug.  The ship reached Bristol under her own power although it was reported that her engines had been damaged.

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