Fishing vessel towed to safety by Filey RNLI crew.

Lifeboats News Release

A 10 metre fishing vessel, "Shannon", was towed to safety by Filey Lifeboat earlier today (9 November) when it suffered gear box problems.

Towing the fishing vessel back to Scarborough.

RNLI/Alex Harrison

Fishing vessel under tow.

Shortly after 8am, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat Keep Fit Association following a request from the Scarborough based fishing vessel that it required assistance about 4 miles north-east of Filey Brigg.

A few minutes later, Filey’s ALB launched with Deputy Second Coxswain, Neil Cammish, in command with Mark Gasson, Alex Harrison, Richard Johnson, Ian Butler, Matt Wilkins and Tom Barkley as crew.

The ALB took the fishing vessel under tow and moored it safely in Scarborough Harbour about 90 minutes after the initial call.

The lifeboat then returned to Coble Landing, Filey and was made ready for service by 12.30pm

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “This turned out to be a straight forward towing job but it is a scenario that we always practise for, as there are a large number of fishing vessels which operate off Filey throughout the year.”

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.

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Filey ALB back on the beach after this morning's call-out.

RNLI/John Ward

Filey ALB back on the beach

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