Ramsgate give late night assistance to trawler

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.37pm yesterday Ramsgate RNLI’s all weather lifeboat (AWB) launched to assist a trawler stuck fast to a submerged object some 4 miles off Ramsgate.

Ramsgate AWB at sea

RNLI/Russell Clark

Ramsgate AWB at sea

Once on the scene it became obvious that the trawler had picked up a very large rope around its propeller and rudder. One of the lifeboat crew was put aboard the trawler to give assistance and after some time was able to retrieve one end of the rope. The trawler skipper then put his engine astern and after a short time the rope came free from the propeller.

The rope was still attached to the trawler’s rudder so the end was transferred to the AWB, where the RNLI crew were able to pull it free using the lifeboat’s capstan. The skipper of the trawler then checked that all was well with his vessel and was able to carry on without further assistance. The AWB then returned to station.

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