Eyemouth’s RNLI inshore lifeboat had a busy morning on Wednesday, August 17, when they were called to assist two vessels at the same time.
They were contacted around 8.30am by the local harbourmaster who informed them that the yacht, Rambling Rose, had fouled its propeller on its approach to Eyemouth harbour. The crew of the Dutch registered yacht managed to drop anchor in order to prevent them drifting towards the beach and nearby rocks.
The inshore lifeboat launched and was quickly on scene only to be told another vessel also needed assistance.
The lifeboat crew established that the yacht and its crew were not in immediate danger, and diverted to the aid of a small speedboat which had developed problems with its gearbox and was drifting.
They quickly located the speedboat, Dignity, to the north of Eyemouth and took it under tow. Once it was safely in Eyemouth harbour, the lifeboat crew returned to the Rambling Rose and put a crew man on board to help assess any damage to the propellor, which was found to have been fouled on lobster pots.
The yacht was given an alongside tow by the inshore lifeboat back to Eyemouth and put safely alongside the pontoon.