Challenging tow job for Whitby RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 19th August, Whitby RNLI were alerted by the coastguard that a 14m fishing vessel had lost its steering off Whitby.

The crew launched the all-weather lifeboat at 1.30pm and made their way to the vessel which they then towed back to the harbour.

Station mechanic Richard Dowson said: 'Our Coxswain, Mike Russell did a fantastic job of steering the boat back into the harbour. The conditions were difficult with poor visibility. The strong spring tide was causing the large vessel to drift substantially. Mike's knowledge and experience allowed him to expertly guide the boat safely back to the fish quay.'

The charity's inshore lifeboat was also launched to help guide the boat into position.

The fishing vessel and five crew aboard were safely returned to harbour at around 4pm, the RNLI lifeboat was returned to the station and made ready for service.

Pictures: Ceri Oakes/RNLI

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