Trawler rescued six miles off Sidmouth

Saturday, January 16th, 2021 8:36am

By Radio Exe News

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Exmouth’s RNLI escorts vessel to Brixham

A fishing trawler that got into difficulty off the East Devon coast on Friday has Exmouth’s RNLI volunteers to thank for their rescue.

The town’s inshore lifeboat was sent out following a call by the coastguard at around 3.30 p.m. A trawler positioned six miles due south of Sidmouth was taking on water. It took just 15 minutes from the lifeboat launching for them to reach the stricken vessel.

By this time, the crew on boar the fishing boat had temporarily resolved the problem. They were escorted by Exmouth’s lifeboat safely back to harbour at Brixham. Once the safety of the crew and the vessel was established, the all-weather lifeboat made its way back to Exmouth just before 6 p.m.

Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson, said: “The crew on the trawler made the correct decision in requesting assistance as soon as they discovered the problem. We were on scene with the casualty vessel very quickly and myself and my volunteer crew were pleased to assist the boat safely back to port.”

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