St Mary's RNLI launch to disabled fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

The St Mary's RNLI lifeboat The Whiteheads, under the command of Peter Hicks, was launched at 3.30pm on Wednesday (13 April) in relatively quiet conditions to go to the aid of local fishing vessel Pioneer.

The vessel had three people on board, had lost power and was taking in water near Annet towards the Western Rocks. Another local fishing vessel Goodwill was nearby and managed to take the Pioneer in tow.

The lifeboat returned to St Mary's and was back on the mooring at 4.40pm ready for service once more.

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