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Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats launched to assist flooded trawler

Lifeboats News Release

Following reports of a vessel that had listed over and flooded with water, the UK Coastguard launched both of Eyemouth’s RNLI lifeboats at 02:18am on Friday 25 August 2017.


The Dunbar based prawn trawler, May Queen, was moored at the top of Eyemouth harbour when it developed a severe list overnight, causing the vessel to flood with sea water on the rising tide.

Both lifeboats arrived on scene and assessed the situation, unfortunately, nothing could be done due to the flooding in all compartments. The May Queen was made safe and the crew assisted the Harbour Master by deploying pollution booms around the fishing boat, once completed, both boats were temporarily stood down and returned to station. At high tide, the local boatyard successfully towed the vessel upright using their lifting crane.

The inshore lifeboat was then relaunched 3 hours later once the tide had dropped sufficiently, transferring two salvage pumps aboard the May Queen and began pumping out the water. Whilst doing so, an angling boat was spotted drifting in the harbour. Whilst a crew tended to the pumps, the ILB was diverted to the drifting vessel, checking that no one was on-board, before securing it alongside the pier and returning to the stricken trawler.

Once the May Queen had been pumped out, the volunteer crew were all stood down and returned to station, where the salvage pumps and ILB were washed down and made ready for service again.


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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.

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