50 years ago this week: Friday, January 20, 1961

A SMALL fishing boat which broke down with engine trouble a mile east of Craster was stranded for nine hours before being taken into tow by Boulmer lifeboat on Monday morning.

The boat, The Halcyon, which was travelling from Dunbar to Bridlington, broke down at 11 o’clock on Sunday night. The crew of three exhausted their supply of flares in an effort to attract attention.

It was not until 8.30am next morning that the distress signals were noticed.

In spite of low tide at Boulmer, the lifeboat put to sea and reached The Halcyon soon after. It then took the stranded vessel in tow to Amble Harbour.

A spokesman of HM Coastguards told the Gazette that during calm water, watches were not kept in the smaller stations.