Filey RNLI called to vessel with engine room fire.

Lifeboats News Release

Filey volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crew responded to a major emergency this evening (Tuesday 5th March) when a survey vessel declared a mayday following an engine room fire.

Filey RNLI assist vessel

RNLI/Mick Bayes

Filey RNLI assist vessel

Just before 7pm, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s all-weather Mersey Class lifeboat (ALB), The Keep Fit Association, to assist the 16 metre survey vessel in a position about 2 miles north of Filey Brigg. The ship had declared a mayday following an engine room fire.

Within a short time, the ALB launched with Coxswain / Mechanic Neil Cammish in command and Barry Robson, Dave Eblet, Matt Wilkins, Paul Wilson, Andrew MacKenzie and Liam Frampton as crew. The lifeboat made best possible speed to the casualty vessel whilst Rescue Helicopter 912 hovered over the scene just in case the survey vessel’s crew had to abandon ship.

Once the lifeboat had arrived, it was decided that 5 persons from the survey team should be evacuated from the ship to the lifeboat whilst 2 boats crew should remain on board. Filey ALB took the vessel under tow to Scarborough Harbour where it was successfully handed over to Filey and Scarborough Coastguard Rescue Teams and to North Yorkshire Fire Service.

All persons were accounted for and were safe.

The ALB then made best speed to Filey where it was re-carriaged by about 10.30pm.

Neil Cammish, Filey Lifeboat Coxswain/Mechanic said: “This was a job very well done by all concerned this evening. It was prudent to evacuate the scientific personnel from the survey vessel onto the lifeboat. Thank you to the large number of Filey crew who turned out tonight and also to Filey and Scarborough Coastguard Rescue Teams and to North Yorkshire Fire Service.”

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.
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