Seahouses lifeboats called to disabled dive boat and missing diver
At 1.28pm on Monday 31 May 2021, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses lifeboat, to assist a broken down 6.5m dive boat, near Brownsman Island, at the Farne Islands.
By this time the all-weather Shannon Class Lifeboat arrived on scene, and took over the tow, bringing the boat safely back to Seahouses Harbour.
The lifeboat stood off the harbour for a short while to allow the tide to rise, before returning to be recovered to the boathouse.
The Divers from Derbyshire had launched from Seahouses, earlier in the day and were regular visitors. They were fascinated to watch the SLARs unit recovering the Shannon on the beach.
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