Archive for September, 2011

Friday 9th September 2011

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Date: Friday 9th September 2011

Wind: Light – SW 1
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Clam
Time of launch: 2100hrs
Time of return: 0145hrs

Boats launched: ALB

Reason: The Amble All-weather lifeboat The Four Boys was launched on Friday evening
after receiving a launch request from HM Coastguard to go to the aid of a local
fishing vessel Fidelity which had become entangled in fishing nets and as such
had no propulsion or steering capability.

On this particular occasion, the lifeboat was launched in exceptionally quick time
as the crew had just returned from an exercise and were still assembled in the
boathouse when the initial contact was heard from Fidelity on the radio to the
Coastguard prior to the pagers being activated for a launch. As a result, the crew
anticipated the launch request and were kitted up and back on the boat with engines
running when the formal launch request came through just before 9.00 pm.

The boat set off with best possible speed to the given location which was a point
approximately 22 miles ENE of Amble harbour and upon arrival at the scene, quickly
assessed the situation and the condition of the 3 persons on board. It soon became
apparent that Fidelity was caught up in her own fishing gear and that the only
option was to tow her 22 miles back to the safety of Amble harbour. As the sea was
relatively calm, this was considered the best option.

The tow proceeded without incident and both boats reached Amble harbour at
01.45hrs safe and well. The Four Boys was then refuelled and made ready for
service once again.

RNLI Coxswain John Connell “Fortunately, the sea state and visibility made it a
successful and safe operation in getting Fidelity and her crew back ashore, but
this kind of incident in different weather conditions would be very dangerous as
any boat that finds itself without steering or propulsion in a heavy sea is at the
mercy of the waves which could lead to capsize if the Skipper is unable to respond
due to mechanical failure. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case and our volunteer crew
members carried out a textbook towing operation following our well established
training techniques which are made possible thanks to the generosity of the public in
supporting the RNLI and its work.”