Wells RNLI lifeboat aborts training exercise to rescue fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

It may be just before Christmas but the task of saving lives at sea doesn’t stop fopr the volunteer crew of Wells RNLI lifeboat.

While in the middle of a routine training exercise, the lifeboat crew were called upon by the UK Coastguard to rescue a small fishing boat that had suffered engine failure.

The 24ft leisure craft, Patsy Lou, was heading for Grimsby from Wells to lay up for the winter. Five miles north of Wells her engine stopped working. The two-person crew radioed UK Humber Coastguard to alert them to their situation.

The UK Coastguard contacted Wells lifeboat and at 9am this morning (Sunday 18 December) the lifeboat crew immediately called off their planned exercise and the all-weather boat diverted to the disabled fishing boat whose crew radioed that their water pump had stopped working.

The lifeboat took her in tow and brought her back to Wells Harbour, her home port, and put her on a mooring. Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident.

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