Anstruther RNLI launch in to assist fishing vessel in difficulty
The volunteers at Anstruther RNLI were paged to launch shortly before 10pm last night (8 Oct) to assist a 56ft fishing vessel entangled in lines 6 miles East of Fife Ness.
The lifeboat crew set up a tow, and the boats made the slow and challenging sail back to the shelter of Anstruther Harbour.
Both boats arrived back in Anstruther shortly after 4am. The fishing vessel was tied up by the Anstruther lifeboat shore team, who then recovered the lifeboat back into the station ready for the next call.
The Anstruther RNLI volunteers headed home for some sleep at 5.30am, before they continue with their Tuesdays.
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.