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Fishing Boat Rescued By Scarborough RNLI

Fishing Boat Rescued By Scarborough RNLI

Published by Karen Liu at 11:27am 31st March 2020.

Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched in the early hours this morning when a net snared a fishing boat’s propeller.

However, the 34m Alcedo BA77 scalloper was 4.8m deep so couldn’t be towed into the harbour at either Scarborough or Whitby.

The stricken vessel, built in Whitby and registered in Ballantrae, Scotland, was about 15 miles east of Scarborough, on a choppy sea.

The coastguard eventually decided that the best course of action was to call a commercial recovery vessel to tow it to Teesside.

It was raining and pitch black at sea when the lifeboat launched at 3.50am. It was back home not long after sunrise. As the Shannon was beached and recovered, another fishing vessel, the Fleetwood-registered Boy Christopher, put out to sea.

The lifeboat’s standard crew of six include the key roles of coxswain, navigator and mechanic, working to a rota.

In accordance with guidelines on social distancing, the other volunteers who responded to their pager-alerts remained in their vehicles until chosen as crew. The rest were sent home.

The navigator was Wave Crookes, who was already planning to go to sea today. Wave and his partner Laura Robinson, a professor of geochemistry, run a company called Seagrown which is developing an offshore seaweed and shellfish farm four miles south-east of the harbour.

They were going to check a new system for growing scallops in cages. But when Wave was on the lifeboat, he realised that the northerly swell which hit the coast at the weekend hadn’t gone, so they will go tomorrow instead.

The mechanic was Kev Roberts, on his first shout since he qualified in the role. He said:

“It was nice and smooth, with no trouble. Everything went as expected.”

The other boat crew were coxswain Lee Marton, Keith Eade, Mark Jenkinson and John Huntley.

They were complemented by five shore crew: Tabz Nixon, John Kitto, Paul Huggins, Simon Loveland, John Wallis and Frank Wright.

Andy Volans, lifeboat operations manager, said:

“Despite the current situation, the station is ready to respond to calls for help when required”.




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