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Humber RNLI lifeboat crew called to the assistance of a 15m fishing vessel

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The Humber RNLI lifeboat crew based at Spurn Point were called at 7.20am on (Tuesday 24th January) and launched to assist a 15m fishing vessel, 15 nautical miles North East of Withernsea, suffering machinery failure.

The Humber RNLI lifeboat crew based at Spurn Point were called at 7.20am on (Tuesday 24th January) and launched to assist a 15m fishing vessel, 15 nautical miles North East of Withernsea, suffering machinery failure.

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Humber lifeboat with fishing vessel in tow

The lifeboat made best speed to the vessel’s location arriving shortly after 8.30am. The crew set-up the RNLI lifeboat for towing and took the 15m fishing vessel under tow. As Bridlington Harbour was the closest safe haven and the fishing vessel’s home port the RNLI navigator set a course for Bridlington and arrived in port at 12.10pm.

Once the fishing vessel and her crew were safely moored in the harbour the Humber RNLI crew set sail from Bridlington Harbour heading back to the base at Spurn Point in the estuary of the river Humber. The Humber lifeboat arrived back at their station at 3.10pm.

Martyn Hagan, RNLI Coxswain for Humber RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘Unfortunately engine failure does happen and it is important a vessel can send for help. On this occasion the professional crew aboard the fishing vessel where able to do this and through the use of VHF radio, making the lifeboat crew’s job of searching and locating the vessel far quicker and easier.’

Notes to editors

Humber lifeboat station has been operating since 1810. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/humber

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Humber lifeboat with fishing vessel in tow. Credit RNLI Humber.

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