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Eyemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat tows two vessels to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Eyemouth’s RNLI inshore lifeboat and its volunteer crew had a busy morning on Wednesday 17th August 2016 when they were called to assist two vessels at the same time.

The lifeboat station was contacted around 8:30am by the local harbourmaster who informed them that the yacht, Rambling Rose, had fouled its propeller on its approach to Eyemouth harbour and required assistance.  The crew of the Dutch registered yacht had managed to drop its anchor in order to prevent them drifting towards the beach and nearby rocks.

The inshore lifeboat was launched and was quickly on scene where it was reported to them that another vessel was in need of assistance.  The inshore lifeboat (ILB) ensured that the yacht and its crew were safe, and content that they were in no immediate danger, diverted to the aid of a small speedboat which had developed problems with its gearbox and was drifting.

The ILB quickly located the speedboat, Dignity, to the north of Eyemouth and found that it was not able to make any way due to issues with its outboard engine.  The ILB took the Dignity under tow and once placed safely alongside Eyemouth harbour, returned to the Rambling Rose and put a crew man onboard to help the crew assess any damage to the propellor, which was found to have been fouled on lobster pots. 

The yacht recovered its anchor and was positioned in an alongside tow by the ILB and taken back to Eyemouth where it was put safely alongside the pontoon.

Once no further assistance was required, the ILB was stood down, refueled and made ready for service again, 90 minutes after the initial call.

Notes to Editors

• Eyemouth lifeboat station has been operating since 1876.
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Photos:

1. Dignity being towed in Eyemouth harbour
2. Rambling Rose being towed into Eyemouth harbour
3. Rambling Rose safely alongside the pontoon

Please credit photograph to Eyemouth RNLI.

RNLI media contacts

Eyemouth lifeboat press officer, Adam Ferguson, adam.ferguson@hotmail.co.uk

Richard Smith, Media Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336 789

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