Wells lifeboat diverts from training exercise to rescue fishing boat

Wells lifeboat, which diverted from an exercise to rescue a fishing boat today.Picture by SIMON FINL

Wells lifeboat, which diverted from an exercise to rescue a fishing boat today.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

It maybe just before Christmas but the task of saving lives at sea doesn't stop.

Wells lifeboat, in the middle of a routine training exercise, was called on by the coastguard to rescue of a small fishing boat that had suffered engine failure.

The 24ft leisure craft Patsy Lou was heading for Grimsby from Wells to lay up for the winter. Five miles north of Wells her engine stopped working. The two-man crew radioed Humber Coastguard to alert them to their situation.

The coastguard contacted Wells lifeboat and at 9am the crew immediately called off their planned exercise and the all-weather boat diverted to the disabled fishing boat whose crew radioed that their water pump had stopped working.

The lifeboat took her in tow and brought her back to Wells Harbour, her home port, and put her on a mooring. No one was hurt in the incident.


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