Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat called to assist trawler
Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat and its volunteer crew were launched around 3:20pm on Tuesday 13 December 2016 in order to assist a trawler that had fouled its propeller.
The 10 metre prawn trawler, Our Catherine, had caught its fishing gear on the sea bed and as it was recovering the net, parted a trawl wire. Its two-man crew managed to recover the net but unfortunately the net fouled the vessels propeller.
The lifeboat was on scene within minutes, just a short distance to the east of Eyemouth. The Our Catherine’s crew had successfully cleared the vessels propeller during this time and continued to retrieve its nets. The lifeboat stood by should any assistance be required.
Once the trawler had fully recovered its gear, the lifeboat returned to Eyemouth, around an hour after the initial launch.
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 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.