Press Notice No: 117_12
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Posted 11:37 GMT
PLEASURE VESSEL BEACHED AT REDCAR
A pleasure vessel with three anglers on board was beached at Redcar this morning after taking on water two nautical miles offshore.
People on board the vessel Ocean Pearl contacted Humber Coastguard at 9.10 this morning to let them know that they were rapidly taking on water and were out of Hartlepool. Humber Coastguard requested that the two Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats attend and bring a pump to attempt to pump out some of the water. However, when plotting the position of the vessel, the Coastguard ascertained that they were actually offshore of Redcar, and so the two Redcar RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch. Three vessels that were in the area also immediately proceeded to offer assistance. Concerned at the speed at which the vessel was taking on water, the rescue helicopter at RAF Leconfield was also sent to the scene.
The vessel Samantha arrived on scene at 09.17 and began towing the vessel back to shore whilst the crew attempted to bail out the water with buckets. The Redcar RNLI lifeboat arrived on scene at 09.29 and brought pumps on board, and the Hartlepool lifeboats arrived on scene at 09.35 and did the same. The pumps were only just able to cope with the amount of water flowing into the vessel.
At 09.48 the decision was taken to beach the vessel at Redcar, with the three crew brought ashore safe and well and passed into the care of the coastguard team.
Graham Dawson, Watch Manager, Humber Coastguard said:
We were extremely concerned at the rate at which the Ocean Pearl was taking on water and so it was imperative that we had rescue resources on scene as soon as possible should the situation worsen. The RNLI lifeboats brought pumps on board the casualty vessel but the water was flowing in quickly and so the decision was made to beach the Ocean Pearl at Redcar and bring the crew ashore. We would like to thank the other vessels in the area that offered assistance, and the Samantha for towing her to safety.
Posted By: Rosie Tapping
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