Wells and Skegness RNLI respond to Mayday call from two people on fishing boat
Wells and Skegness RNLI came to the aid of two fishermen in the early hours of this morning (Saturday September 18th).
The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 12:51 am to provide immediate assistance to a 14m fishing boat with two crew on board, which had issued a Mayday appeal, as it took on water and risked sinking.
The fishing boat was trawling two miles north of Scolt Head Island when it quickly began to take in water through the stern gland. The Wells RNLI Mersey Class Lifeboat, the
Doris Mann of Ampthill, left the station at 1:12 a.m. and was towed on his cart along the beach to the low water launch site in Holkham Bay. At that time, due to the seriousness of the Mayday call, the Skegness RNLI All Weather Lifeboat and Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter were also called in for the incident.
Wells RNLI launched at Holkham Bay at 1:46 a.m. and immediately set course for the fishing vessel. The first on the scene was the Coast Guard helicopter with the Skegness and Wells RNLI lifeboats arriving within minutes of each other at 2:10 a.m.
The rescue helicopter flew over as the two lifeboats loaded crew members and installed two emergency pumps that quickly reduced the water level on board, allowing the helicopter to stop and return to the station.
With the vessel stabilized and able to be towed, a tow line was rigged from the Wells RNLI lifeboat and the return to a safe mooring in Wells Harbor began at 3 a.m.
Skegness RNLI stood by and escorted the Wells lifeboat and fishing boat to the Wells Channel. At 4 a.m., while safely on the approaches to Wells Harbor, the Skegness RNLI lifeboat retrieved its recovery pump from the fishing boat and resumed course towards Skegness.
The fishing boat was then placed safely on a drying mooring at 4:45 a.m. in the harbor and the lifeboat crew then helped tighten the leaking stuffing box to prevent water from entering before returning. at the station at 5:27 am.
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