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.
"Both the crew and our Atlantic 85 lifeboat performed brilliantly. The crew were all called from their beds to take part in the rescue but we launched the lifeboat within 8 minutes of the pagers going off, they worked brilliantly as a team to ensure the trawler and two men on board were brought to safety. The trawler was much bigger and heavier than the lifeboat and the wind and sea conditions meant this was never going to be an easy job. But, with some difficult manoeuvres to tow the vessel back to port, the crew completed this rescue successfully"