Portsmouth Lifeboat launched to investigate Sunken fishing boat
Portsmouth's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Norma T was requested to launch this morning (Tuesday 12 April 2016 11:04am) to investigate a partially submerged fishing boat on Southsea beach.
It is believed that in the mornings foggy weather, the fishing vessel struck an underwater World War 2 anti-submarine barrier causing extensive damage to the hull. Realising that his boat was taking on water the skipper took the decision to run the boat up the beach in an attempt to save it.
Once the boat had been secured the lifeboat returned to station and coastguard made arrangements for recovery
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.