RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat on second night-time mercy mission in 3 days!

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Torbay all-weather lifeboat were tasked by Solent Coastguard at around 10.20pm on Tuesday evening, 16 October to assist a commercial fishing vessel in trouble almost 30 miles offshore.

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The deck of fishing vessel Charles Edward taken from the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat

The 15 metre vessel Charles Edward had suffered a fouled propeller 28 miles east of Berry Head, and was unable to proceed. Sea swell was an uncomfortable 2 metres, although thankfully the wind had dropped since the start of the week.

Lifeboat Coxswain Mark Criddle OBE and mechanic Ash McInally were joined by volunteer crew members on board Severn Class lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes, and launched the lifeboat on service in total darkness for the second time this week (following the rescue of a 39 foot sailing vessel towed into Dartmouth on Sunday evening).

Once arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew were able to locate the Charles Edward and rendezvous with the skipper and crewman aboard to carefully attach a tow line, meaning the two vessels were then able to proceed steadily back towards Brixham Harbour. As the incident occurred some distance offshore, the all-weather lifeboat (which must maintain a lower speed when towing another vessel) was back on station and ready for service again just before 5am on Wednesday morning.

The RNLI Torbay lifeboats (Severn Class Alec & Christina Dykes and D Class inshore lifeboat Leslie & Mary Daws) have had a busy few days, with no less than eight taskings between them already since 1 October!

Notes to editors

Photos (grainy night-time shots) show: Charles Edward being brought in alongside the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat, taken from deck of all-weather lifeboat

Photos courtesy of RNLI / R Fowler

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Casualty vessel Charles Edward alongside RNLI Torbay lifeboat as they return to harbour

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