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Whitby's RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched to stricken fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were paged at 8.38am today (Tuesday 27 September) after the two people aboard the commercial fishing boat, K2, contacted the coastguard.

The boat suffered problems after rope got caught in the propeller three and a half miles north east of Whitby.

The boat was safely towed back to harbour and moored up at the fish quay.

Coxwain Mike Russell said:'It was a pretty straight forward tow. Though the propeller had fouled, the boat still had steering which made it easier getting through the pier ends. The offshore wind also helped stabilise the boat. It was a calm morning and the rescue was problem free.'

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