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A busy night for Eyemouth RNLI volunteers, with two long shouts

Lifeboats News Release

Dunbar, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Anstruther RNLI lifeboats also involved

Eyemouth RNLI volunteer crew launch the all-weather lifeboat go to the aid of a stricken fishing boat


Eyemouth RNLI volunteer crew go to the aid of a stricken fishing boat

Eyemouth's all-weather lifeboat was launched in very challenging conditions on 28th November 2023 at 5pm to assist a fishing boat with a fouled propeller.

The Shannon class lifeboat 'Helen Hastings' was tasked by HM Coastguard to standby the stricken boat, positioned about 7 miles east of Eyemouth, until another fishing boat, “Aquarius” could reach it and set up a tow.

However, due to the poor weather conditions of strong winds and 4 metre waves, it was decided that the safest option was for the Eyemouth lifeboat to tow the fishing vessel north towards the “Aquarius”, who then took over the tow.

Dunbar RNLI Trent class lifeboat was also tasked to escort the “Aquarius” due to the rough seas, but after the tow lines between the fishing boats had parted several times the Dunbar volunteers then took over the tow at 4.45am.

Meanwhile, the Eyemouth crew headed home, arriving back after a very heavy 5 hours in the challenging conditions.

While the volunteers were still at the lifeboat another request came through from HM Coastguard, to assist Berwick-upon-Tweed RNLI crew with a search for a missing person.

The search was carried out by the volunteers from both stations along the coastline but was hampered by the poor weather and darkness. Both crews were stood down and the Eyemouth volunteers returned to Eyemouth at 2am Wednesday morning. The missing person was found safe and well the next day.

The Dunbar lifeboat was in action until 6.30am when, meeting at the Isle of May, it could hand over the tow to Anstruther RNLI lifeboat. The Dunbar boat was finally berthed back at Torness by 8am on Wednesday morning.

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