Disabled fishing vessel under tow

Lifeboats News Release

Following a call for assistance from an 18 metre fishing vessel with six persons onboard with a fouled propeller, the volunteer crew of the St Mary's RNLI lifeboat launched at 8.15pm on Sunday 10 May.

The lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Peter Hicks, arrived at the casualty approximately 15 miles north of the Isles of Scilly. The vessel was drifting in a two metre swell and a force 6 north easterly wind.

Once on the scene, a towline was attached and a long, slow tow began towards Newlyn in Cornwall.

The Penlee RNLI lifeboat Ivan Ellen, skippered by coxswain Patch Harvey, then took over the tow near Wolf Rock Lighthouse at 3.15am and continued to take the disabled vessel to Newlyn.

The St Mary's lifeboat then returned to harbour, arriving at 4.50am and was subsequently refuelled and made ready for service once more.

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