Looe RNLI crew launch to assist a local trawler suffering from engine problems
Early yesterday morning Saturday 3 March 2018 the Looe trawler Paravel suffered engine problems fishing in Looe bay. Volunteers with Looe RNLI launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to tow the disabled trawler safely back to her berth on East Looe Quay
In the early hours of yesterday morning, Saturday 3 March 2018, whilst out fishing the Looe trawler Paravel experienced intermittent problems with her engine fuel supply. With a faltering engine, easterly force 5 winds and falling spring tide, the trawler slowly made her way back to port. The trawler’s skipper telephoned our Lifeboat Operations Manager asking for assistance as he was concerned about entering the harbour over the bar with a big swell and heavy sea running.
David Haines, Lifeboat Operations Manager with Looe RNLI made the decision not to summon the crew by pager because of the icy road conditions and concern for the safety of volunteer crews responding to the pager alert. He said that as there was no immediate risk to life he could alert the crew by telephoning around, allowing them time to make their way safely to the lifeboat station.
At 8.10 am shore crew tractor driver Del Palfrey launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and the inshore lifeboat helmed by David Jackman made her way out into Looe bay. Crew members Toby Bray, Matt Jaycock and Clive Palfrey quickly established a line with the trawler and towed her safely back to her berth on East Looe Quay. The Atlantic 85 returned to the lifeboat station where she was washed down and refuelled ready for her next service by 8.50 am.
· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II towing the trawler into Looe river
Photo credit Sue Foster
· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II launch
Photo credit Richard Davies
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