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Launch Report 001/2015

FISHING VESSEL BROKEN DOWN AND DRIFTING IN ROUGH SEAS OFF SEAHOUSES

At 12.13hrs on Saturday 28 March 2015, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, following a call for assistance from a 21 mtr fishing trawler with six crew on board, disabled and drifting 18 miles east of Seahouses in rough seas and a strengthening wind.


Seahouses Relief Lifeboat RNLB “Lifetime Care” was quickly launched under the command of duty coxswain Eric Stanwix, and made best speed to the vessel’s position. Meanwhile the options for the vessel were considered, and due to its size and the state of the tide, towing the vessel to Seahouses or Amble was not feasible, leaving Blyth or North Shields as the only practical options. It was agreed that the Seahouses Lifeboat would tow the vessel south to a position off Amble, where the larger Tynemouth Severn Class Lifeboat would take over the tow back to North Shields. Due to the size of the vessel and the tidal flow and wind, Seahouses Lifeboat was only able to make 4-6 knots towing, making it a long slow tow in unpleasant sea conditions. The images below do not give a genuine impression of the sea conditions.


At 16.45hr Tynemouth Lifeboat was able to take over the tow to North Shields, and Seahouses Lifeboat was released to return to station, arriving back at Seahouses at 18.10hr, having been on service for 6 hours.


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