Salcombe RNLI called out to help Brixham fishing boat
Salcombe RNLI's volunteer crew were called out on Friday evening to assist a fishing boat taking on water, 30 miles South of Salcombe harbour.
As the rest of Salcombe were enjoying a Friday evening, Salcombe RNLI's lifeboat crew responded to their pagers alerting them to the launch of the station's all-weather lifeboat, The Baltic Exchange III.
The lifeboat was launched to assist the 250 tonne Brixham based fishing vessel Danielle, a 30m beam trawler whose stern tube had split. Coastguard Rescue helicopter 106 from Portland was also tasked.
Rescue helicopter 106 arrived on scene first and placed a winch man and a salvage pump on board before having to return to Portland to refuel. With the helicopter pump maintaining the level of water ingress, a decision was made to head towards the fishing boat's home port of Brixham, with the Salcombe lifeboat escorting and with its salvage pump at the ready if required.
The Salcombe lifeboat escorted Danielle to a position South of Berry Head where the Torbay lifeboat took over the escort to Brixham harbour, allowing the Salcombe all-weather lifeboat to return to station, where she arrived back at her mooring at 1.50am Saturday morning.