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Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat called to assist scallop dredger

Lifeboats News Release

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat, and its volunteer crew, were launched by the UK coastguard at 2:40pm on Thursday 6 July 2017.


Entering harbour
The Leith registered scallop dredger, Immanuel IV, and its three crew, had suffered engine failure to the south of Eyemouth and was being towed back to safety by the dive vessel, Oceanic.

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch in order to provide assistance and was quickly on scene and escorted both vessels towards Eyemouth.

Prior to entering harbour, the lifeboat took up position and passed a tow to the fishing vessel and acted as the brake whilst the Immanuel IV was towed into harbour by the Oceanic.

Once safely alongside, Eyemouth lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, 90 minutes after the initial call.


Immanuel under tow

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