Cleethorpes RNLI rescue broken down fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

As the volunteer crew of Cleethorpes Lifeboat launched on their regular training exercise on Sunday April 8, they were immediately asked by UK Coastguard to assist a fishing vessel.

Fishing boat being towed by D Class lifeboat, two lifeboat crew in foreground on lifeboat; one in distance on casualty vessel


Cleethorpes Lifeboat towing broken-down fishing vessel
The boat, with two pleasure anglers on board, had broken down 7 miles south east of Cleethorpes while returning from a night's fishing off Skegness.

Plans for routine training were quickly abandoned and the charity's volunteers set a course to assist them.

The owner of the boat had given the Coastguard an accurate location which enabled the lifeboat crew to quickly locate them, despite poor visibility.

A tow was established at the request of the vessel's owner and they were taken back into Grimsby Marina where they were met by Cleethorpes Coastguard Rescue Team.

The breakdown is suspected to have been caused by a problem with the boat's cooling system. Glenn Peterson, Helmsman at Cleethorpes RNLI said: "Occasional equipment failures are unavoidable; we hope the owner is able to easily make repairs and wish him all the best for the future."
Coastguard vehicle on Cleethorpes promenade


Cleethorpes Coastguard follow the lifeboat back to their station on Central Promenade

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