Humber RNLI launched to rescue ex-lifeboat
The Humber RNLI lifeboat crew launched from Spurn Point at 7pm on Tuesday 28 March 2017 to the assistance of an ex Watson class lifeboat. The 47ft privately owned vessel had suffered main engine failure 7 nautical miles North of Spurn Head.
The Humber lifeboat arrived on scene at 7.25pm and took the vessel under tow. An RNLI crew member was put aboard the casualty vessel to help set up the tow. The RNLI lifeboat towed the vessel to Grimsby docks arriving safely in port at 10.40pm. Once the Humber lifeboat had taken fuel in Grimsby, the Humber crew returned to the base at Spurn Point at 11.45pm.
Col Fisk, RNLI Navigator for Humber RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘On this occasion the lone sailor did the right thing and called for assistance early. The location of the casualty vessel in combination with the onshore wind could have taken the vessel in to shallow waters.’
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Humber Lifeboat Station is the only full time all-weather lifeboat crew in the RNLI and has been saving lives at sea since 1810.
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