Lifeboats called out after gearbox failure

St Abbs inshore lifeboat RNLI
St Abbs inshore lifeboat RNLI

The St Abbs RNLI lifeboat volunteers were called out to a fishing boat that had broken down eight miles along the coast.

The pager alert was sent out at 9.47am on Saturday,July 25.

Soon after the St Abbs inshore lifeboat was bearing west past Black Carrs on the southern point of St Abbs Head, heading to the aid of a broken down fishing boat nearly eight miles up the coast in the vicinity of Siccar Point.

Approximately 12 minutes after leaving harbour the ILB was on the scene, where the crew found a local fishing boat which had suffered a gearbox failure. The two occupants of the boat were safe and well and had deployed their anchor to prevent them drifting onto the rocks, but were unable to restart their engine.

The Eyemouth all weather lifeboat was also in the area on exercise, and was tasked to the scene, but was stood down when it was understood the St Abbs boat was with the vessel.

A tow was established, and the lifeboat returned the broken down vessel back to St Abbs harbour at a steady 4-5 knots in moderate seas.

Once back at St Abbs, the casualty vessel was helped to berth in the village’s old harbour.

The lifeboat then returned to station, refueled, and was ready for service again at around 11.30 am.