Berwick upon Tweed RNLI go to aid of sailing vessel
Berwick upon Tweed RNLI received a call from HM Coastguard UK at 9.38am on 9 September 2021, to launch of the Charles and Beeby all-weather lifeboat and the Vi & Charles Hogbin inshore lifeboat, to go to a sailing vessel,
On arrival at the scene, approximately three miles north of Berwick, First Coxswain Ally Laing assessed the situation along with both lifeboat crews and it was determined that the vessel was caught on lobster pot ropes around its rudder.
Both the all-weather Mersey and the inshore D-Class lifeboat Crews, worked together to try and free the vessel completely of the lobster pots ropes but to no avail.
The weather was slight sea state with poor visibility at times due to very heavy rain.
Having reassessed the situation the decision made that undertaking a tow was necessary on safety grounds, as the lone Crewman of the vessel, The Islander, was unable to carry on his passage.
The towed vessel was returned to the nearest safe and suitable place which was at the Carr Rock, next to the lifeboat station to carry out further investigation of the vessels prop.
Both lifeboats and volunteer Crew returned to station, to be washed down and made ready for service.
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