Filey RNLI stand by fishing vessel.
Filey volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crew were called out at around 9.30pm last night (Monday 21st May) when a 25 metre trawler asked for assistance
UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s all-weather Mersey Class lifeboat (ALB), The Keep Fit Association, to assist the 25 metre fishing vessel, Pamela Jill, whose gear had snagged on an underwater object about 10 miles east-north-east of Filey Brigg.
Shortly afterwards, the ALB launched with 2nd Coxswain Dave Eblet in command with Paul Wilson; Ian Butler; Callum Garton; Vanessa Thomas; Fraser Haddington and Sarah Scriviner as crew.
Filey ALB stood by the Pamela Jill for three hours whilst attempts were made to free the obstruction; the task made more difficult as there was a potential danger of the vessel capsizing or steel cables parting.
Shortly after slack water, the crew managed to free their gear and were able to resume fishing.
Filey ALB returned to station where it was re-carriaged and made ready for service by 2.30am
John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “It was prudent to send the all-weather lifeboat to stand by the fishing vessel as the recovery process was fraught with potential dangers. Luckily the situation was resolved and the Pamela Jill was able to continue with its trawling. Many thanks to all the crew at Filey for a good team effort.”
Notes to editors
- Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.
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.