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Eyemouth volunteers tow stricken trawler to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat and its volunteer crew were returning from a routine exercise on Tuesday 9 August 2016 when they were diverted to a stricken trawler.

It had lost all steering and was in danger of being swept onto the nearby beach by the two metre swell.

The 10 metre trawler and its two crew, Our Catherine, had just left Eyemouth, shortly before 8pm, and were making for the fishing grounds when its steering gear failed just after it left port.  Unable to steer or return to the safety of harbour and with a two metre northerly swell running, the trawler was in danger of being swept onto the nearby beach. 

Eyemouth lifeboat was returning from its routine exercise and was on scene within minutes of the call for assistance being made.  As time was critical, a towline was passed to the Our Catherine where it was towed out to safer water so that the tow could be reset with a towing bridle. 

Once set up, the lifeboat towed the Our Catherine back to Eyemouth harbour, assisted by Eyemouth inshore lifeboat, which also diverted from its exercise.  Despite the challenging swell and surge, Eyemouth lifeboat was able to tow the trawler back to port and placed it safely alongside the harbour wall. 

Once no further assistance was required, both lifeboats were stood down and made ready for service again around 8:30pm.

RNLI media contacts:
For more information please email Eyemouth lifeboat press officer, Adam Ferguson, adam.ferguson@hotmail.co.uk or Richard Smith, Media Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336 789

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