Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat launches to fishing vessel with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI volunteer crew were paged by the Coastguard at 11.51 a.m. on Sunday 22 November to assist a fishing vessel with engine failure eight miles off shore from Ilfracombe.

Three crew on deck of lifeboat prepare a tow line alongside fishing vessel

RNLI/Mark Weeks

RNLI Ilfracombe crew ready tow line to assist fishing vessel

The volunteer crew quickly launched the Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat The Barry and Peggy High Foundation and headed north east from Ilfracombe to where the fishing vessel the Our Dylan Ben was drifting.

The lifeboat arrived on scene 20 minutes later and RNLI Volunteer Coxswain Andrew Bengey assessed the situation and decided that it was not necessary for a crew member to board the fishing vessel. A tow line was set up and thrown across to the crew of the Our Dylan Ben and the lifeboat towed the vessel safely back to Ilfracombe harbour arriving two and a half hours later. The Our Dylan Ben was manoeuvred alongside the harbour wall and the lifeboat was recovered and made ready for the next service.

All weather lifeboat towing large orange fishing boat

RNLI/Nikki Bradshaw

RNLI Ilfracombe lifeboat towing fishing vessel

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