Angle RNLI volunteers paged to a 39 meter 300 tonne tall ship

Lifeboats News Release

Angle RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 9:28pm on Monday (14 June, 2021) to a 39 meter 300 tonne tall ship that was disabled and taking in water four miles south west of St Ann's.

In perfect conditions the lifeboat was on scene just before 10pm. The on-scene assessment found that the vessels bilge pumps were coping well with the water and there was a diesel back up pump as a precaution. The vessel was however dead in the water with the crew unable to restart the engines. A tow was established and a slow journey undertaken to Milford Marina. Once outside Milford the tow was changed to an alongside tow to enable Angle Lifeboat to make the tricky entrance with such a large vessel. After being locked into the Marina the tall ship was safely alongside at 2:15am Tuesday morning (15 June).

Angle Lifeboat locked out of the Marina and rehoused at 3:15am, ready for the crew to head home for a few hours sleep.


Entering the lock at Milford Marina


Lifeboat alongside the Casualty vessel

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