Craster Lifeboat assists boat with fouled propeller

Lifeboats News Release

On 23 June 2021 at 2:30pm Craster volunteer RNLI crew were paged to launch by UK Coastguard on service to a 7.5 metre vessel that was close to Dunstanburgh Castle.

The lifeboat was launched and made best speed north from the harbour reaching the casualty vessel within only a few minutes.

The RHIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) had an inboard engine with a stern drive propulsion system and auxiliary outboard engine.

Both propellers had become entangled on a lobster pot line, the crew of the RHIB were unable to make the propeller free so the lifeboat crew assisted with the removal of rope by entering the water and making it free.

Once the rope was removed, the engine of the RHIB failed to start. After assessing the situation a decision was made that it was the safest option to tow the vessel back to Craster harbour.

Once back into Craster harbour the engine was re-started and the boat left heading for Amble.

No medical assistance or casualty care was needed and everyone on the RHIB had lifejackets on.

Craster lifeboat James Ballard was prepared for service following the Covid 19 RNLI guidance

The RNLI advises that In an emergency at sea, or on the coast or, if someone is in in difficulty, to call the Coastguard by dialling 999 or 112 on a mobile phone.

RNLI Picture credits
Craster RNLI/Andy Cowan.

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A volunteer crew member in the water undoing the fouled rope from propeller


Undoing the rope

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