Skegness RNLI lifeboat rescues three during nine-hour shout

Sunday 11 December 2011

Author: Russell Matthews

Skegness RNLI lifeboat rescues three during nine-hour shout
Skegness RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboat LincolnshirePoacher was called out early this morning (Sunday) when a motor vessel began taking on water 17 miles north-east of Skegness.

The lifeboat was requested to launch at 00:36 to the MV Sarah, a former fishing vessel with three crew on board, heading for Wells in strong winds and moderate seas.

Once the casualty was located, lifeboat crew members Dean Sumner and Ian Johnson were transferred to the vessel with a salvage pump and the lifeboat began escorting her towards Fosdyke - a 30 mile journey to the south of The Wash.

A short time into the escort, the steering on the Sarah failed and a tow needed to be attached. Lifeboat crew member Mark Holley was also transferred to the vessel to assist with the pumping and rigging the tow.

Skegness lifeboat coxswain, John Irving, said the lifeboat faced challenging conditions during the long call out.

He added: "It was a bitterly cold, windy night and a long tow down to Fosdyke where the vessel could be hoisted out of the water as soon as possible. This was one of the longest shouts we've had for a while and we're all pleased to be home safe and ready for bed."

Sarah was safely berthed in Fosdyke Marina at around 7:45am and the lifeboat headed back to Skegness, reaching the beach just after 9:30am, nearly nine hours after launching.

A brief video of this rescue is available on YouTube.

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