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Lifeboats Launched to Fishing Boat Run Aground on Rocks 17/6/18

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Both Dunbar lifeboats were launched earlier this morning (Sun) to assist a fishing boat run aground on rocks near the town’s harbour. 

Volunteers were paged at 6.10am after the crew of the Pamela S trawler ran into difficulties at Long Craigs. The net of the 17m boat had picked up a large rock but when the crew moved into shallow water to try to free themselves the net got caught under the hull and the boat ran aground. 

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UK coastguard requested the D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) launch at 6.20am. Once on scene, the volunteers assessed the situation and prepared a tow but given the size of the Pamela S and the fact that there was no immediate danger to crew or vessel a request was made for the all-weather (ALB) to assist.

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The coastguard requested the ALB launch but while it was on its way from its mooring in Torness Power Station, a passing Dunbar fishing boat, the May Queen, offered to help. The ILB crew helped set up a tow and the May Queen pulled the Pamela S off the rocks. The three-man crew of the North Shields-based trawler reported no damage to the boat. They then dropped their net and made their way to Dunbar harbour, where they planned to wait for a diver to help recover their net so they could continue fishing. 

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By 7.20am the Pamela S was tied up in the harbour and the coastguard stood down both lifeboat crews. 

Crews:

ILB: Gaz Crowe, Adrian Lavery, Chris Woods, Douglas Wight

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ALB: Gordon Mackay, Alan Blair, Kevan Jamieson, Rebecca Miller, Andrzej Hajduk, John-Robert Eunson

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