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Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat called to assist stricken trawler

Lifeboats News Release

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat and its volunteer crew were launched by the UK Coastguard at 08:50 on Thursday 9 February 2017 to go to the aid of a 10 metre fishing vessel.


Our Catherine under tow
The Eyemouth based trawler, Our Catherine, had lost drive and required a tow back to port.

The lifeboat was on scene within 5 minutes, a mile to the south east of Eyemouth, and quickly took the vessel under tow.

St Abbs Independent lifeboat arrived a little while later and assisted by acting as a brake whilst the trawler was being towed into harbour.

Once the Our Catherine was safely alongside, Eyemouth lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, 50 minutes after the initial call.

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