Two calls in two days mark 25 years of the Lincolnshire Poacher
Monday 3 August 2015
Author: Russell Matthews
Twenty-five years after arriving in the town, Skegness RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was called into action twice this weekend.
Saturday afternoon saw the volunteer RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboat crews from Skegness and Wells (Norfolk) launch at 1pm to join a major search operation 15 miles east of the Lincolnshire resort when a diver went missing after a dive down to a shipwreck.
The two lifeboats joined seven fishing vessels that had responded to the 'mayday' call, along with coastguard helicopter Rescue 912 searching the sea in the vicinity of the dive site.
Less than an hour after the search had begun, the diver was located by one of the fishing vessels, 2½ miles north-west of the dive site.
Skegness lifeboat coxswain Ray Chapman said the diver was very lucky.
Ray said: 'It's difficult to appreciate how big the sea is until you get out there - it can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Fortunately it was a clear, calm day and with the help of the other vessels that responded to the mayday he was found quickly.'
Skegness lifeboat was released from the search and returned to Skegness central beach at 2:30pm.
Boston boat aground in river
24 hours later, on Sunday afternoon, Skegness lifeboat was again requested to launch when a small day boat suffered engine trouble and drifted aground on the north bank of the River Witham near Boston.
The lifeboat launched at 3:45pm and found the Lady Glayva 'high and dry' on the river bank at low water.
Unable to help until the tide rose, the lifeboat stood by for three hours until a tow rope could be attached and the vessel taken back to her moorings at Boston.
After six hours at sea, Lincolnshire Poacher arrived back at Skegness beach at 9:45pm.
The two call outs come as the Skegness all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher celebrates 25 years of lifesaving off the Lincolnshire coast, having first arrived in the town on 31 July 1990.
1. Skegness lifeboat second coxswain Richard Watson at the helm of the Lincolnshire Poacher during the rescue of the Lady Glayva (on the bank in background) on Sunday 2 August 2015. (Credit: RNLI Skegness/Lee St Quinton) [ download ]
2. The Lady Glayva alongside the Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher during the rescue on Sunday 2 August 2015. (Credit: RNLI Skegness/Lee St Quinton) [ download ]