RNLI volunteer crews came to the aid of two fishing vessels in trouble on Wednesday March 6 2013 in Arklow, SE Ireland and Lowestoft, eastern England.

The first call came from three fishermen whose vessel got into difficulty off the Wexford coast.
The volunteer lifeboat crew was alerted shortly before 1.30pm following a report that a fishing vessel was adrift four miles east of Courtown Harbour.

The all-weather lifeboat, the Ger Tigchleaar, was launched within minutes and proceeded to the scene where the vessel, the MFV Telstar, had lost steering power. The crew members established a tow and began the journey back to Arklow.

All three crew members, who remained on board the MFV Telstar, were returned safely ashore.

Speaking ashore, the vessel’s skipper James Russell, himself an Arklow RNLI volunteer crew member and experienced seaman paid tribute to his fellow lifeboat crew members Eamon Kavanagh, Matt Heaney, Scottie Heaney, Michael Fitzgerald, Andy Loughlin and David Lee who came to his crew’s assistance.

‘I thought we were well prepared for situations which might happen at sea but knowing the lifeboat is there when needed is a great help. When anyone gets in to difficulty they should have no hesitation in calling for help as I did today'.

At 7.40pm a call for assistance came to the Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat after a small local, fishing boat reporting smoke coming from its engine room hatch.
Gt. Yarmouth coastguard received the call from the long line fishing vessel Icene which was 18 miles east-north-east of Great Yarmouth.

The fishing boat was slowly limping under its own power when the crew decided to request assistance to get back safely to the harbour.

Lowestoft RNLI all-weather lifeboat The Spirit of Lowestoft had only been back in port for a few minutes and the volunteer crew were still on station when the call came in - having just returned from a RNLI Divisional Inspector’s half yearly exercise at sea.

Lowestoft RNLI coxswain John Fox said: ‘We launched the lifeboat very quickly and when we reached the vessel, smoke was issuing from the fishing boat’s engine room. It appeared that the vessel’s engine was overheating and to avoid it catching fire or damaging the engine further we decided to tow the boat back to port.’

Coxswain Fox added: ‘In a first for us, towards the latter stages of this incident, we dealt with Humber Coastguard by radio for the first time following the transfer of night-time responsibility from Great Yarmouth Coastguard.’