Looe and Fowey RNLI lifeboats launched to trawler taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

Looe RNLI volunteers launched the Atlantic 85 yesterday afternoon, to assist a Looe fishing trawler taking on water. Joined by Fowey RNLI volunteers on their all-weather lifeboat the trawler was pumped out

Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe

Successfully restarting her engines, the trawler returned to port under her own steam escorted by crew on the Atlantic 85.

Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 23 July 2019, a Looe fishing trawler requested assistance as she was taking on water and the two crew on board could not stop the ingress of water. With their pagers sounding at 5.07 pm Looe RNLI volunteers quickly launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II. The trawler’s position was reported as approx 15 miles SSW of Looe, the weather was moderate seas with a force 4 south easterly wind and two local fishing vessels were standing by her. Carrying two salvage pumps, volunteer helm Toby Bray opened the throttles of the Atlantic 85 arriving on scene within 30 minutes. At 5.20 pm the volunteer RNLI crew from Fowey were also paged and they launched the all-weather Trent class lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy carrying additional pumps. With the Looe lifeboat alongside, crew members Clive Palfrey and Matt Jaycock went on board to find 4 foot of water in the fish and engine rooms. They soon had both pumps working to stem the flow of the incoming water. Ten minutes later Fowey volunteers arrive on scene transferring two of their crew with a 3rd, larger, pump which made all the difference .After some 30 minutes of pumping the water levels had dropped allowing Clive and Matt access to the engine room where they discovered the deckwash discharge pipe had become detached, they re-connected the pipe to stop anymore water coming in . Once this was achieved the skipper could re-start his engine and use the trawler’s pump. He was then able to haul in his fishing gear . Recovering her pump, Fowey lifeboat was stood down and returned to station. Under her own steam the trawler made her way back to Looe escorted by the Looe Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, arriving shortly after 9 pm.

On returning to Looe volunteer helm Clive Palfrey said that the seriousness of the incident meant that all the team at Looe pulled together to make it one of the quickest launches he can remember. There was great team work between our boat and shore crews. The four experienced helms, Toby Bray, Clive Palfrey, Matt Jaycock and Gareth Shaw on the Atlantic 85 made good use of their mechanic skills and knowledge of fishing trawlers to work alongside colleagues from our flank station at Fowey, resulting in a successful outcome. ‘It was all about team work’


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The B Class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat is the fastest sea going lifeboat with top speeds of 35 knots


· Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Stock image - Fowey RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy
Photo credit RNLI


· Re-established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1992, Looe RNLI operate two inshore lifeboats
An Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and a D Class Ollie Naismith

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Stock image - Fowey RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy


Stock image - Fowey RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy

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