Mablethorpe RNLI assists vessel stranded on sand bar

Lifeboats News Release

Sunday 8th May 2016 proved to be in interesting training session for Mablethorpe's volunteer crews

While out training the crew on the new D class lifeboat, D790 Stanley Whitely Chadwick came across a deceased Whale on the beach with children playing on the carcass.  The Helm radioed up Humber coastguard and informed them then placed two crew to secure the zone until local coastguard arrived.

While the crews had returned back to shore to wash down, they noticed a fishing vessel looking like it was in distress on a sand bar about a quarter of a mile out to sea,  The station tried to call up the Vessel Even tide to see if they needed assistance but there was no response, the station then called UK coastguard to inform them.  After several attempts to contact Even tide on the radio, UK coastguard requested the D-class relaunch to assess the situation.  Upon arrival helmswoman Karen Cartwright asked the crew of Even tide if assistance was required and they confirmed they needed help, because the vessel was listing to the side she was taking on water.  The D-class Helm then placed a crewman onto Even Tide to receive a tow, the crew called for the assistance of the new Atlantic 85 Jaqueline Saville.

Shaun Riggall, senior helm of the Atlantic quickly instructed his crew to set up a tow and pull the Vessel into deeper water, they stayed with Even tide until her engines were fully working and she was making way.

Both boats refuelled and were ready for service by 2.30pm


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