RNLI Humber and RNLI Withernsea lifeboats rescue an eight metre fishing vessel
Humber lifeboat crew launched their 17 metre Severn class lifeboat shortly after 2pm, following a request by Humber Coastguard, to an eight metre local fishing boat six nautical miles North East of their base at Spurn Point.
The fishing vessel had reported mechanical and electrical issues to Humber coastguard and the Humber lifeboat responded to the call, launching at 2.15pm this afternoon.
The two man crew of the fishing vessel had set their anchor and awaited the arrival of the lifeboat. The Humber all- weather lifeboat arrived on scene and took the vessel under tow, towards her home port of Withernsea.
Humber lifeboat towed the vessel as close to Withernsea as was safely possible and requested the assistance of Withernsea volunteer lifeboat crew to help tow the vessel ashore. Withernsea launched their five metre D class inshore lifeboat shortly before 4pm and met with Humber lifeboat and the fishing vessel.
The tow was transferred over to Withernsea lifeboat who towed the vessel safely toward the beach where the vessel could be recovered.
Joe Pieniak, Humber RNLI Coxswain, says: ‘Mechanical failure can happen unexpectedly, and the crew of the fishing vessel reported their issue quickly allowing both lifeboat crews to respond swiftly and complete a safe and effective rescue. This is also a great example of the two flanking RNLI crew working extremely well together.'
Notes to editors
Humber Lifeboat Station is the only full time all-weather lifeboat crew in the RNLI and has been saving lives at sea since 1810.
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