The Arbroath-registered fishing boat rescued by Hartlepool RNLI. Photo RNLI/Robbie Maiden
Hartlepool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members were called to the aid of a 13-metre fishing boat that was just minutes away from sinking 8 miles off the Hartlepool coast.
The Abroath-registered trawler with three people on board had contacted Humber Coastguard to request assistance when it began taking on water resulting in mechanical failure.
The RNLI volunteers were paged at 3.15pm on Tuesday 18th November and by 3.30pm both inshore and all-weather lifeboats had launched and were alongside the casualty vessel at 3.50pm.
With sea conditions deteriorating a salvage pump and two crewmembers were transferred to the casualty vessel to begin pumping water from the flooded vessel.
The fishing boat was then taken under tow to Hartlepool Fish Quay where it arrived at 5.45pm and the salvage operation continued until a second pump was placed aboard allowing the RNLI crew and lifeboats to return to the Ferry Road lifeboat station at 6.30pm where both boats were refuelled and made ready for service by 7.00pm.
Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden said ‘Without our assistance I think the vessel would have been in serious trouble. Some great teamwork from the volunteer crewmembers in difficult conditions certainly helped save the fishing boat.’
Jake Oates who was one of the crewmembers who went aboard the fishing boat said “The galley area of the fishing boat was flooded and debris floating around inside it made pumping the water out extremely difficult but along with crewmember Mark Crangle we managed to reduce the water level enough to allow the fishing boat crew to carry out repairs at the Fish Quay.”
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboats Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said, “Once again an amazing response from the volunteer lifeboat crew with support by the shore crew and station officials brought the incident to a safe conclusion.”