Lifeboat crews join to help trawler

sbbn dunbar and eyemouth lifeboats help trawler February 3 2016
sbbn dunbar and eyemouth lifeboats help trawler February 3 2016

Local RNLI lifeboats were involved in a joint operation on Wednesday February 3, in order to help the 16 metre trawler, L’Ogien, which had suffered engine failure.

The Kirkwall-registered trawler, L’Ogien, was fishing to the east of Torness when it developed a problem with its engine which resulted in the trawler requiring a tow back to its base port of Eyemouth.

Due to its location, Dunbar RNLI lifeboat were initially requested to launch at 12.45pm and were quickly on scene to take the L’Ogien under tow back to Eyemouth, where they then had to wait for sufficient tide so that the 71 tonne trawler could safely enter harbour.

Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat was then requested to launch around 5.30pm and was quickly in position to take over the tow of L’Ogien from Dunbar’s lifeboat, which in turn secured a stern tow and acted a brake due to the size of the trawler, the narrow entrance to Eyemouth harbour and the slight swell at the harbour entrance.

Once the tide had filled, Eyemouth lifeboat towed the L’Ogien back in to the safety of the harbour, with both lifeboats working together to ensure that the trawler was secured at around 8pm.

Both lifeboats were then stood down, with Dunbar returning home and Eyemouth made ready for service again.