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Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat called to assist trawler

Lifeboats News Release

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.


Eyemouth lifeboat standing by

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.

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