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Immediate response to stricken cabin cruiser by Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat and its volunteer crew launched at 10:30am on Saturday 19 May 2018.


Vessel under tow

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.

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