Weymouth Lifeboat volunteer crew assist French boat on fire

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 13 August, the crew were called to reports of a French fishing vessel with a fire on board approximately 32 nautical miles south east of Portland Bill.

RNLI/Grace Edmonds

With the fire in the hold, the vessel's crew were unable to reach it themselves due to the smoke.

Weymouth RNLI's allweather lifeboat was paged at 12:20am and on the scene standing by at 1:55am.

Luckily there was good visibility and only a gentle breeze.

A helicopter, Swanage lifeboat and a French lifeboat crew were also tasked to assist and on the scene.

A French rescue helicopter successfully managed to drop firefighters on board the casualty vessel, meaning Weymouth & Swanage lifeboat crews could be released at 2:33am and return home safely to their beds.

The lifeboat was back alongside the station, refuelled and ready for service by 4:45am.

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