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19m fishing vessel escorted to safety by Scarborough RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Six fishermen were brought to safety on the morning of Wednesday 15 March 2023 by the crew of Scarborough RNLI lifeboat. Their vessel had developed mechanical problems whilst fishing for scollops off the Yorkshire coast.

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Fishing vessel escorted to safety

The all-weather lifeboat RNLB Fredrick William Plaxton launched at 5:47am, following a crew pager alert and proceeded four miles east off Scarborough.

Visibility was good, with a south westerly wind force three to four. Sea state was moderate with up to a metre of swell.

Scarborough RNLI's Coxswain carried out an assessment of the vessel which was found to have engine failure. As the vessel had no propulsion and was unable to return to port under its own power, it was decided the best and safest course of action was to tow the vessel back to Scarborough Harbour.

A towline was established, and a course was set for Scarborough harbour at 6:45am. Due to the casualty’s vessel size and weight, the tow was slow and steady. The vessels arrived into the harbour around 8:30am and HM Coastguard assisted with safely mooring the vessel up alongside.

Speaking after the callout, RNLI Scarborough’s Coxswain said: 'We located the fishing vessel drifting four miles east of Scarborough harbour. After assessing the situation and deciding that a tow was the safest course of action, the crew worked well and had no difficulties preparing a towline. The tow home was slow due to the size and weight of the casualty vessel, adjusting the towline as required to suit the conditions.'

When going afloat the RNLI would remind everyone to check their engine and fuel, always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, and carry a means of calling for help. If you see someone in difficulty on or near the water, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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