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ILB Launched to pleasure craft in difficulty

  • cove harbour Scottish Borders (map)

During a briefing at Winterfield Park for a planned exercise with the Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 177, from HMS Gannet, the ILB crew were tasked to respond to reports of a 16 ft pleasure craft, west of Cove harbour, with engine difficulties. 

Image Credit: Brian Turner @islayfisher

The crew made their way to Dunbar harbour and launched the Inshore Lifeboat at 19:29.  Upon arriving on scene at approximately 19:50, the crew made contact with the casualty vessel around half a mile west of Cove Harbour.  Their main outboard engine had become tail tied on a creel line and although they had managed to remove the line, their engine could not be restarted.  In addition, they had an auxiliary engine which would also not start.  The ILB took the vessel under tow and made their way into Cove harbour where they assisted the skipper in making fast to their mooring.

Image Credit: Ross McMullen, Dunbar RNLI

After leaving Cove harbour just after 20:00, the ILB made way back towards Dunbar to rendezvous with the All Weather Lifeboat and Rescue 177 to continue with the exercise. 

Unfortunately, just as the ILB arrived on scene, Rescue 177 were tasked to a service of their own, so both lifeboats made their way back to the harbour for a debrief.  

The ILB was refuelled and ready for service again at 20:30.