RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat brings drifting commercial vessel safely home

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Torbay volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked by HM Coastguard at around 12.25pm on Monday 24 September to assist a commercial fishing vessel which had suffered gearbox problems and was drifting some 17 miles south east of Portland Bill.

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RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat crew with Stronsay Maid under tow

The all-weather lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes - with 5 crew on board - set off to rendezvous with the stricken vessel, 9.8 metre fishing vessel Stronsay Maid, which was unable to make way. Thankfully, weather conditions were good with bright sunshine and a slight sea state.

Despite the casualty vessel being some 25 miles from Brixham, the volunteer lifeboat crew were with her around an hour after setting off and were able to attach a tow line and begin proceeding steadily back towards port. The two vessels neared Brixham Breakwater around 4.30pm, when the Stronsay Maid was placed alongside the lifeboat to continue safely into the harbour.

Once the casualty vessel was safely moored at Brixham Harbour, the volunteer lifeboat crew were able to refuel and return to the pontoon below the boathouse, with the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat ready for service again by around 5.30pm.

Notes to editors

Photos show Stronsay Maid being towed by the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat, approaching Brixham Breakwater and alongside coming into harbour Photos courtesy of RNLI / Nigel Crang & Victoria Bowen

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Stronsay Maid under tow as she returns to Brixham from 25 miles out

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RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat towing Stronsay Maid as they approach Brixham

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RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat with Stronsay Maid alongside approaching harbour

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