Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat crew called to boat stranded in thick fog
The crew of a fishing boat that had broken down in thick fog off Lowestoft brought the port’s lifeboat to their rescue today.
Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat was called out just after 5.10pm (on Sunday 20 May) to go to the aid of the angling boat that had reported an engine failure and needed help.
RNLI Fleet Staff Coxswain Martin Phillips said “we found the angling boat about a half mile north-east of the harbour entrance. As we approached the craft we could see through the murk that a wind farm crew transfer vessel was standing by the stranded vessel until we arrived. A thick fog had descended along the coast and visibility was down to a few metres.
The 28-foot long fishing boat with four anglers on board had suffered engine failure. Our volunteer crew soon connected a towline to the vessel and brought her safely back to Lowestoft where she was met by members of the Coastguard Rescue team.
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