Humber Lifeboats Launch to assist stranded Motor Cruiser
Lifeboats News Release
The Humber RNLI Lifeboat and Humber Rescue Lifeboat launched last night to a 47ft Motor cruiser who became stranded close to Paull Sands on the River Humber.
At around 2030 on 3 July 2016 The RNLI crew at Spurn point received a call from UK Coastguard asking them to launch to the assistance of a motor cruiser that had fuel issues at Paull sands near Immingham.
The independent Lifeboat from Humber Rescue was also launched as the cruiser was on passage to Hull Marina.
Both Humber RNLI and Humber Rescue made best speed to the now anchored vessel who had managed to safely anchor just outside of the major shipping channel.
Humber Rescue were heading from the west at their station underneath the Humber Bridge and Humber RNLI from their station East at the entrance to the river at Spurn point. Once both lifeboats were on scene it was discussed what the best course of action would be for the stricken vessel.
Due to tidal restrictions at Hull it was decided the safest and best option would be for the RNLI Lifeboat to tow the casualty vessel to Grimsby were although there would be a wait for tide the vessel could be kept in a safe place and both the Lifeboats would still be available for any other emergencies in the area.
With Humber Rescue standing by the Severn class lifeboat from the RNLI took the vessel and its five occupants under tow back to Grimsby. After a few hours tied up outside the dock the vessel was put in to the safe haven of Grimsby Marina at around 0230 in the morning. The Humber Lifeboat then returned to station.
Liam Dunnett crewman at Humber RNLI said
‘This service was a great example of the Coastguard, RNLI and Independent lifeboats working together to assist some seafarers in need, thankfully the casualty was well equipped so when she had problems when passaging through the Humber the skipper was able to call for assistance and make the vessel safe while awaiting the lifeboats arrival.’
The RNLI as well as Independent Lifeboats around the country are independent from the coastguard and government and rely on the generosity of the public to keep doing their vital lifesaving work.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.