Lerwick RNLI launches to stricken fishing vessel in 18-hour shout
Lerwick RNLI were paged on Thursday 19 October at 1:52pm to reports of a stricken fishing vessel, 60-miles east of Shetland, after it had started taking in water in stormy conditions.
The 17m fishing vessel had broken down and the RNLI crew were launched into difficult conditions in the North Sea, heading into the south-easterly gale which has brought chaos across Scotland.
The crew were informed of three people on board, and made best speed, given the conditions, to the casualty vessel. A support vessel and a Coastguard helicopter were also on scene.
Due to the sea conditions, the Coxswain deemed it unsafe to evacuate the people onboard and the decision to attach a tow was made.
The lifeboat took the casualty vessel under tow and headed back towards Lerwick, arriving into the harbour at 8:25am on Friday 20 October – over 18 hours at sea.
Coxswain, Stephen Manson, says: ‘With the weather and all, it took a little bit longer than usual to get our tow line set up. We got attached to her at the third attempt, and we then started making our way back to Lerwick.’
A spokesperson for the RNLI says: ‘This was an incredibly difficult call out for Lerwick RNLI given the treacherous and stormy conditions of the North Sea as Scotland faces Storm Babet.
‘The crew performed outstandingly and after an 18-hour shout, returned back to the station early this morning. We cannot thank them enough for their service and dedication to the RNLI and helping to save lives at sea.’
Notes to editors
· Lerwick lifeboat station has been operating since 1930. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/lerwick-lifeboat-station
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