Fishing boat is towed to safety
A training exercise turned into a real life rescue for the crew of the Arran lifeboat last week.
While undergoing a training exercise to assess staff on procedures, including towing vessels in distress, the Arran RNLI were tasked to the assistance of a fishing vessel without steering off the coast of Corrie.
At 7.45pm on Wednes- day September 27, Arran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat crew had to respond quickly after the Belfast Coastguard requested them to abandon their training exercise to respond to a fishing vessel in distress.
The Rachel Hedderwick and her crew had been launched at 7.30pm to undergo assessments for some of the crew before being contacted by Belfast Coastguard just 15 minutes into their exercise. The crew diverted to the sea approximately half a mile from Corrie where they located a 40ft fishing vessel that had lost steering. After two members of the crew joined the fishing vessel’s crew it became apparent that repairs would not be possible at sea and the vessel would need to be towed to a safe harbour.
After 30 minutes of towing the vessel, and with conditions worsening, the Arran RNLI crew requested the assistance of their flank station at Troon. Once the Troon RNLI all weather lifeboat Jim Moffat was on scene they took control of the tow and brought the fishing vessel into Brodick bay. Then, when in the shelter of the bay, Arran RNLI resumed the tow and secured the fishing vessel to a mooring before returning to station at 12.20am.
Arran RNLI helm Martin Wood said: ‘After going out with the intention to train and get some of the crew assessed on towing, the crew suddenly had to do the job for real.
‘The crew rose to the occasion in one of the most challenging tow jobs we have had for a while. With much appreciated help of our colleagues from Troon RNLI and Belfast Coastguard, we were able to get the fishing boat to a safe location where they could spend the night.’
Arran RNLI crew onboard the Rachel Hedderwick in Lamlash Bay.