Newlyn trawler rescued by Penlee lifeboat
A NEWLYN fishing boat which was taking on water through a hole in the deck was rescued by the Penlee lifeboat after sending out a Mayday distress call.
Alerted by Falmouth Coastguard, the Ivan Ellen went to the scene, three miles south of Tater Dhu at around 5.30pm on Friday in Force 5-6 freshening winds.
Patch Harvey, the Penlee coxswain, said: “It took us about 15-20 minutes to get to the vessel, a 10-metre stern trawler from Newlyn, with two crew on board.
“We transferred two RNLI crew members on to the trawler with a pump – there was a hole in the deck and quite a lot of water had got into the fish room; I think that if we had not arrived, pretty soon the engine would have stopped.
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“It took about 30 minutes (about 1,000 gallons) to pump out enough water before the trawler was able to steam back to Newlyn under her own steam with us in attendance, arriving at about 7.50pm.”
As it was a Mayday call, other vessels also went to the scene, including a Fisheries Protection boat.