Immediate response to stricken cabin cruiser by Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat
Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat and its volunteer crew launched at 10:30am on Saturday 19 May 2018.
Whilst tying up alongside after a routine Saturday morning exercise, the lifeboat crew heard a channel 16 VHF transmission from a cabin cruiser, asking the coastguard for assistance after losing engine power in Eyemouth bay.
Eyemouth lifeboat liaised with the UK coastguard and immediately headed for the stricken vessel.
Thankfully, the master had deployed his anchor and was in no immediate danger. The lifeboat arrived on scene, just a few metres from the harbour, and took the 6.5m vessel and its three crew under tow, placing it safely alongside just minutes after it had called the UK coastguard for help.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.