Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat requested to assist trawler
Lifeboats News Release
Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat and its volunteer crew were launched around 17:15 on Monday 30 January 2017 in order to assist a trawler experiencing steering problems.
The UK Coastguard requested that Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat assist the Leith registered fishing vessel Bright Ray, which was experiencing steering difficulties.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene, 4 miles to the north of Eyemouth and initially stood by and escorted the Bright Ray back to harbour, the trawler able to use her emergency steering. On the final approaches to the harbour, the skipper requested that the lifeboat take her under tow as a safety precaution should the steering problem arise again.
Once under tow, the Bright Ray was placed safely alongside, around 50 minutes after the initial launch.
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