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Stranded 100-ton fishing vessel assisted by Yarmouth RNLI in late night shout.

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth Lifeboat launched the evening of Monday 21 August to assist a large fishing vessel which had experienced mechanical difficulties approx. 0.6 nautical miles of Yarmouth Harbour.

Yarmouth Lifeboat towing the 100 ton fishing vessel to Cowes

RNLI/Hebe Gregory

Yarmouth RNLI alongside casualty vessel

Yarmouth RNLI crew pagers sounded just after 11pm to a 100-ton fishing vessel with six persons onboard. The volunteer crew of seven arrived on scene promptly after launching the 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock, Wanderer and began their initial assessment of the vessel.

It was determined quickly that the stricken vessel had unfortunately experienced total loss of power and had no other means of continuing its passage. The best course of action for the Yarmouth RNLI crew was to establish a tow to avoid the vessel potentially drifting and ending up in the busy shipping lane of Southampton waters.

Due to the flooding tide and the calm sea conditions, an along-side tow was used, and the casualty vessel was towed to Trinity Landing in Cowes, as Yarmouth Harbour was at full capacity at this time for a boat of this size.

Once the casualty vessel was secured safely in Cowes, Yarmouth Lifeboat was met by Bembridge Coastguard and a handover was given.

Yarmouth Lifeboat then departed the scene and started their passage back home to Yarmouth.

Once back in berth, post recovery checks were made, the RNLI crew refuelled, and Yarmouth Lifeboat was marked as ready for service at 1.51am on Tuesday 22 August.

Notes to editors

· Photo attached – Yarmouth RNLI 17-25 alongside casualty vessel taken on the ship’s camera.

  • Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat 17-25 Eric and Susan Hiscock ‘Wanderer’ came into service in 2001, prior to that Yarmouth RNLI had an Arun Class Lifeboat 52-08 Joy and John Wade which was in service for 23 years.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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