Lizard lifeboat crew launch to help scalloper with engine fire
Lifeboat crews rescued the crew of a ship which was crippled by an engine fire.
The Lizard lifeboat was called to two miles south of their launching point on Friday to help a 25 metre commercial scalloping vessel that had suffered an engine fire.
The Vanquish, with five people onboard, was quickly located by the RNLI crew.
The vessel’s crew had shut all the hatches and isolated the boats fuel and believed the fire was now extinguished.
Two members of the lifeboat crew were placed onboard the Vanquish with a pump to assist and to provide assistance in setting up a towline.
The Vanquish was then towed to Newlyn arriving just before 8pm.
However a problem then emerged and the lifeboat and fishing vessel then spent a couple of hours standing off the harbour entrance unable to enter.
The vessel had its beams lowered and without the use of its hydraulics was unable to raise them to get through the harbour entrance.
It was decided that the vessel would have to remain outside of the harbour and the Penlee RNLI Lifeboat was launched at around 9.30pm to take over the tow from the Lizard lifeboat and take the Vanquish to a safe anchorage until the owners of the vessel were able to arrange recovery.
The crew remained aboard the scalloper until they were able to move the vessel alongside the quay in Newlyn to effect repairs.