Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat and coastguard rescue officers called to aid broken down fishing vessel near Hopton

RNLI Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat. RNLB Samarbeta. Picture: James Bass

RNLI Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat. RNLB Samarbeta. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A broken down fishing vessel has been towed to safety by the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat.

The ALB Samarbeta, of the RNLI Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat station, was called out following reports that a 35ft fishing vessel had got into difficulties near Hopton about 2pm this afternoon (Saturday).

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: 'We have had a 35ft fishing vessel, with machinery failure, break down offshore. The Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat responded and towed them back.

'The HM Coastguard Gorleston team were there to meet them and assist.'

In a post on its Facebook page, the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat said they were called out at 2.05pm today 'to a fishing vessel just east of Hopton with engine failure.'


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The ALB Samarbeta towed the fishing vessel back to its berth in Gorleston and was soon refuelled and ready for service.

A spokesman for HM Gorleston Coastguard said that the team of rescue officers were alerted to 'assist the Gorleston RNLI in the safe mooring of a local vessel.'

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The spokesman added: 'The local angling boat had suffered an engine failure. Always a pleasure to work with our local colleagues.'

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