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Silloth RNLI volunteers rescued a 12 metre fishing vessel with two men onboard early on Thursday morning after they got into difficulties in the shallow waters of the Solway. The crew were paged at 2.30am to go to the help of the two fishermen.
The propellers of the 20 tonne Silloth-based trawler had been fouled by ropes, immobilising the vessel and leaving it drifting dangerously into shallow water. Force 4-5 winds and rough seas made conditions difficult and meant the trawler was at risk of running aground.
The RNLI crew managed to get a tow rope onto the trawler and towed the vessel to safety. Eddie Studholme, Silloth RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said the weather and sea conditions combined with the size of the fishing vessel meant this was a challenging rescue.