RNLI Aith lifeboat launched to guide powerless vessel to safety

Lifeboats News Release

The all-weather lifeboat Charles Lidbury was launched on Tuesday 14 March at 8.29pm, following reports that the crab fishing vessel Edward Henry had been hit by a wave, and had suffered damage to the wheelhouse and a loss of power.

The RNLI Aith lifeboat progressed to a position approximately 40 miles west of Sumburgh, at a rate of around 10 knots, as there were heavy seas, winds gusting at force nine, and waves in excess of 10 metres.

RNLI Mechanic John Robertson said that although the weather conditions were some of the worst he had encountered during his time as a volunteer crew member, he had felt confident that the crew were well trained to deal with this type of situation.

RNLI Charles Lidbury arrived at the scene at 12.45am, to find the 25 metre Edward Henry with three broken windows in the wheelhouse, and a broken electronic navigation system. However, the crew of the vessel had managed to re-start the engines.

As the vessel had no working navigation system, the lifeboat guided it, with nine crew members aboard, back to Scalloway harbour, arriving there at 7.15am on 15 March.

The skipper of the Edward Henry had suffered a minor injury, and all crew were handed over to paramedics upon arrival at Scalloway.

Following this, the RNLI Charles Lidbury returned to the station at 11am.

RNLI media contacts: Liz Boxwell, RNLI Aith volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07789 728874, lizboxwell@hotmail.co.uk

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or richard_smith@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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