Fish­ing boat is towed to safety

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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.

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