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Disabled fishing boat rescued by Redcar RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Redcar RNLI lifeboat was called into action early on 31 December 2016 when a fishing boat suffered mechanical failure three miles north east of Redcar.

The two-man crew of the fishing boat alerted UK Coastguard just after midnight on 31 December when their craft suffered gearbox failure while they were preparing to bring ashore fishing gear ahead of predicted strong winds.
The Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Leicester Challenge III launched from Redcar and found the boat approximately half a mile east of the Saltscar Buoy.

A tow was rigged and the stricken craft was taken to the beach at Marske, near Redcar, where an RNLI shore party had made their way by land to assist with recovering the boat to safety on the beach.


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  • Frame grab image shows the Redcar RNLI lifeboat approaching the broken down fishing boat. Credit RNLI/Redcar
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  • Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Nicolas Thomas of Shropshire
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Redcar RNLI lifeboat approaches a broken down fishing boat on 31 December 2016


Redcar RNLI lifeboat approaches a broken down fishing boat on 31 December 2016

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