Craster RNLI launched to save local fishing boat during multi-agency operation

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 20 December three volunteer lifeboat crew members launched to assist local fishing boat Bon Amy who had become entangled in ropes and was in danger of being washed onto rocks.

Multi-agency call involving Craster RNLI

RNLI/Mark Mark Philips

Multi-agency call involving Craster RNLI

On arrival, the crew of Craster Lifeboat attempted to free the rope which had disabled the fishing vessel but was unsuccessful. A plan was agreed to attach a line from the Bon Amy to the boiler of an old wreck thereby serving as an anchor and thus preventing the boat from drifting from her position.

The strength of the wind and sea state meant the D Class Lifeboat was incapable of towing the vessel and the helm in charge requested assistance of an all-weather lifeboat (ALB).

Flanking stations Amble and Seahouses were tasked by UK Coastguard to assist.

Amble’s new Shannon the Elizabeth and Leonard was first to arrive on scene and set about working with Craster lifeboat crew to set up a tow with the Bon Amy and its three crew. The fishing vessel was towed clear of danger and returned safely to Craster harbour.

Amble crew commented: ‘Great team work between ourselves, Craster Lifeboat, Seahouses lifeboat and Humber Coastguard.’

RNLI Picture caption

The photograph shows the fishing vessel being assisted. Credit: Mark Philips, Amble RNLI.

Notes to editors

  • Craster lifeboat station has been operating since 1969. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to the Craster station page.

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