Dunbar Lifeboats Launched to Fishing Boat Run Aground on Rocks
Both Dunbar lifeboats were launched earlier this morning (Sun) to assist a fishing boat run aground on rocks near the town’s harbour.
Volunteers were paged at 6.10am after the three-man crew of a trawler ran into difficulties at Long Craigs. The net of the 17m boat had picked up a large rock but when the crew moved into shallow water to try and free themselves the net got caught under the hull and the boat ran aground.
UK coastguard requested the D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) launch at 6.20am. Once on scene, the volunteers assessed the situation and prepared a tow but given the size of the trawler and the fact that there was no immediate danger to crew or vessel a request was made for the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) to assist.
The coastguard requested the ALB launch but while it was on its way from its mooring in Torness Power Station, a passing Dunbar fishing boat, the May Queen, offered to help. The ILB crew helped set up a tow and the May Queen pulled the casualty trawler off the rocks, the crew reported no damage to the boat. They then dropped their net and made their way to Dunbar harbour, where they planned to wait for a diver to help recover their net so they could continue fishing.
By 7.20am the trawler was tied up in the harbour and the coastguard stood down both lifeboat crews.
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