RNLI lifeboat tows fishing vessel with fouled propeller Published: 18 February, 2013
Brixham Coastguard in south west England requested the launch of the Salcombe RNLI all-weather lifeboat on Sunday 17 February, at 7.21am to respond to a Pan Pan from a fishing boat that had a fouled propeller 14 miles south of Salcombe harbour.
The volunteer crew launched The Baltic Exchange III to assist the 10-metre Padstow-registered fishing vessel Fiona Mary (PW160).
After repeated attempts to dislodge the net from its propeller by the fishing boat, the Salcombe lifeboat arrived on scene at 8.15am and passed a tow line across and started to tow her back towards to Salcombe.
Once back inside the harbour, the Fiona Mary was taken around to the fish quay where she was going to be dried out on the slipway so the net could be cleared.