Lifeboats rush to help flooded trawler

Lifeboats were called out at 2am Credit: RNLI

Eyemouth’s lifeboats assisted a flooded prawn trawler last night.

Both RNLI lifeboats responded to calls that the boat had listed over and flooded with water at 2:18am this morning.

The Dunbar based prawn trawler, May Queen, had been moored at the top of Eyemouth harbour when it developed a severe list overnight, causing the vessel to flood with sea water on the rising tide.

Eyemouth harbour Credit: RNLI

The May Queen was extensively flooded, but was made safe by the lifeboat crews who also assisted the Harbour Master by putting pollution booms around the fishing boat.

At high tide, the local boatyard successfully towed the vessel upright using their lifting crane.

The inshore lifeboat and its volunteer crew was then relaunched three hours later once the tide had dropped to take two salvage pumps aboard the May Queen to pump out water.