Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat called to assist unwell fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat was launched at 8:30am on Monday 25 February 2019 after it was reported to the UK Coastguard that a fisherman was feeling unwell on a trawler which had also suffered engine failure.

Arriving quickly on scene, the volunteer crew boarded the trawler and assessed the fisherman, electing to transfer them to the lifeboat and return immediately to Eyemouth, where they were handed over to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The lifeboat crew then relaunched to tow the vessel back to port. A line was passed and the 16 metre, 52 tonne vessel was taken under tow and placed safely alongside around 3:20pm.


Vessel under tow


Entering port


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