Scarborough RNLI tows fishing boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Scarborough RNLI was called out this morning (Friday 30 April) when a fishing boat’s engine caught fire nine miles offshore.

The lifeboat crew prepare the tow rope

RNLI/Erik Woolcott

The lifeboat crew prepare the tow rope

The crew of the fishing vessel had extinguished the fire before the all-weather Shannon class lifeboat arrived.

The charity's lifeboat, with five volunteers aboard, launched at about 7.30am and had towed the boat back to the harbour by 9.40am.

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The tow under way

RNLI/Erik Woolcott

The tow under way
Safely back in the south bay

RNLI/Erik Woolcott

Safely back in the south bay
Scarborough lifeboat tows fishing boat

Mathew Gowan

Scarborough lifeboat tows fishing boat

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