The St Abbs Lifeboat “Thomas Tunnock” was launched this morning (9 Feburary 2017) at 9:15am to go to the assistance of the Eyemouth based trawler “Our Catherine, BRD 77” which was already under tow by the Eyemouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat.
Derek Anderson’s video of Eyemouth Lifeboat, Our Catherine and the St Abbs Lifeboat “Thomas Tunnock” entering Eyemouth Harbour.
“Our Catherine” had lost drive to her propellor a mile to the south east of Eyemouth Harbour. St Abbs Lifeboat took position astern of the trawler to act as a brake, and all three boats safely entered Eyemouth Harbour.
Our Catherine, BRD 77 bearthed in Eyemouth Harbour
St Abbs Lifeboat then returned to the station, was refuelled and made ready for service.
If you see an emergency at sea you should dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
The St Abbs Lifeboat “Thomas Tunnock” was launched at approximately 1.30pm on the 6 Feburary 2017 to go to the assistance of the Eyemouth based trawler “Boy Andrew, LH316” which had fouled her propellor.
Boy Andrew, LH 316 bearthed in Eyemouth Harbour
After fouling her propellor the skipper of the Boy Andrew directly requested the assistance of St Abbs Lifeboat. While the St Abbs Lifeboat is not yet a declared facility, we are able to activiate the paging system locally to shout the crew out to a call.
In deteriorating sea conditions and freshening winds the stricken trawler was taken under tow by fellow Eyemouth based trawler “Our Catherine, BRD 77” with the St Abbs Lifeboat acting as the brake vessel.
The small flotilla brought the stricken trawler and her crew safely back to her berth in Eyemouth harbour.
Declared Facility Status
St Abbs Lifeboat is currently working with H.M. Coastguard to achieve “Declared Facility Status”. This means that we will become an officially recognised part of the UK’s maritime search and rescue emergency services. And we will be tasked by the Coastguard to respond to any call outs in our area.
In this case the skipper of the trawler had contact details for a member of our team. However if you see an emergency at sea you should dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
A big thanks to everyone at Medipro Limited for putting another seven of our crew through their ‘First Person On Scene’ first aid training.
We are so proud of the commitment from our volunteer crew….not only do they practice lifeboat exercises twice a week, every week. They have just spent three days away on this residential course.
Visit the MediPro website here: http://www.medipro.co.uk