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Early morning shout for St Bees RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

At 7.47am on 13 January St Bees RNLI Volunteers were paged by Belfast Coastguard to assist a 12 metre fishing vessel with mechanical issues, approximately 1.5 miles off St Bees North Head.

Towing in the fishing vessel

RNLI/Joe Raymond

Towing in the fishing vessel

St Bees RNLI launched their B Class inshore lifeboat with four crew on board.

Within ten minutes of launching, the lifeboat crew located and made contact with the vessel who confirmed they had suffered a mechanical breakdown which had left them without steerage or power and were now held at anchor, with a crew of two on board.

After a short discussion with the crew, it was agreed that the fishing vessel would be taken under tow to the safety of Whitehaven Harbour. The lifeboat crew quickly and competently set up and established an astern tow to bring the vessel safely to harbour.

Once in the outer harbour, the fishing vessel was brought alongside the Lifeboat and an alongside tow was established to take it safely through the harbour gates and back to its berth.

The lifeboat then returned to the station where it was washed down and made ready for the next service.

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