Date: Tuesday 27th January 2009
Wind: NW 3-4
Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 1620hrs
Time of return: 1930hrs
Boats launched: ALB
Reason: Amble RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat was called out after two fishing vessels were involved in a collision 12 miles offshore. The collision occurred between a local Amble fishing vessel and a Fraserburgh based boat.
The collision occurred mid afternoon and fortunately an RNLI Severn class boat crewed by volunteers was in the sea area, making for Amble boatyard to undergo routine inspection and repairs when the incident took place. She was subsequently requested by H.M. Coastguard to attend and assist following the collision between the two vessels.
As the Severn class was not officially on duty and was merely in transit, the Coxswain of this vessel requested the launch of the Amble RNLI lifeboat at 16.20pm to escort the damaged Amble fishing vessel back to her home port. The fishing boat, although damaged, was watertight enough to make her way back under her own steam. Amble RNLI Lifeboat escorted her during the journey back to ensure safe passage until she was berthed at the quayside in Amble.