Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI help small sailing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Berwick RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was launched on Sunday 6 May at 9.14 after receiving a call from the UK Coastguard, of a small sailing vessel in difficulty a few miles north of Berwick lifeboat station.

On arrival at the scene the volunteer lifeboat crew found the vessel's propeller was tangled up in lobster pots.

After cutting the vessel loose from the lobster pots the crew towed it back to the lifeboat station and were able to free the propeller completely.

The crew then washed and fuelled the lifeboat ready for service.

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