Lowestoft lifeboat assists stricken wind farm vessel

PUBLISHED: 11:27 24 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:27 24 September 2017

The crew of Lowestoft lifeboat returning from a previous call out. Picture: Mick Howes

The crew of Lowestoft lifeboat returning from a previous call out. Picture: Mick Howes


A lifeboat crew assisted a wind farm vessel after it took on water.

The Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat were alerted in the early hours of this morning (Sunday) after a local wind farm boat called for help when a quantity of water was spotted in one of its engine compartments while at sea.

The crew from Lowestoft Lifeboat, Patsy Knight, were called out at just after half past midnight to aid the vessel and soon launched to give assistance.

Lowestoft Lifeboat Coxswain John Fox said: “It only took half an hour to reach the 20-metre wind farm crew transfer vessel, Broads Fisher, which was 14 miles south-east of the port.

“When we arrived two other wind farm craft, Dalby Ouse and Fob Swath 4, were standing by and escorting the stricken boat. The five-man crew of the Broads Fisher told us that their starboard engine compartment was flooded but that they were still able to make headway with their other engine.

“I put one of the lifeboat crew on board their boat with a salvage pump and we escorted the vessel as it limped back to Lowestoft.

“Once there we followed them through the bridge channel arriving at the Shell Quay in Lake Lothing at 3.30am.”

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