Skegness RNLI lifeboats in action on Saturday
Monday 19 May 2014
Author: Russell Matthews
Skegness’ RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboats were both in action on Saturday (17 May) as the warm weather arrived on the Lincolnshire coast.
The all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was first to be called at 10:45am when a small fishing boat with two people on board broke down near Skegness.
Initial reports indicated the location of the boat, Jessica, to be 20 miles east of the town, off the North Norfolk coast. After an extensive search of the area in flat calm seas, the Jessica was located by another vessel closer to The Wash, around 6 miles south-east of Skegness.
Having already clocked three hours at sea, the volunteer crew on board Lincolnshire Poacher quickly attached a tow rope to the Jessica and began the slow journey north towards Grimsby.
At 5pm, Humber’s RNLI lifeboat met the Skegness lifeboat and Jessica off Donna Nook to take over the tow into Grimsby.
Speaking after the call out, Skegness lifeboat coxswain Ray Chapman said: ‘Despite it taking a couple of hours to locate the boat, this was a very straightforward shout for us and the conditions at sea could not have been better.’
The lifeboat and her crew arrived back at Skegness beach just before 6pm.
Inshore lifeboat launched to dinghy
The Skegness inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV was also called out on Saturday morning following a report of an inflatable dinghy blowing off Skegness Central Beach.
The lifeboat launched at 11:55am and after a brief search of the area determined the dinghy and her occupants had made it safely back to the beach unaided.
1. Skegness lifeboat crew members Will Watson and Joe Pieniak recover the anchor on board the fishing boat Jessica in preparation for towing her north towards Grimsby. (Credit: RNLI/Skegness)
2. Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher alongside the fishing boat Jessica, with crew members Will Watson and Joe Pieniak preparing the tow. (Credit: RNLI/Skegness)
3. Humber relief lifeboat Fraser Flyer (17-17) takes over the tow of the fishing boat Jessica from Skegness lifeboat, off Donna Nook. (Credit: RNLI/Skegness)