Fishing boat caught in lobster traps off Northumberland coast

RNLI volunteer Gary Little attaches a tow line to Harvest Dawn. Picture by RNLI/Alan Stewart
RNLI volunteer Gary Little attaches a tow line to Harvest Dawn. Picture by RNLI/Alan Stewart

A fishing boat was towed back to Amble harbour after her propeller became fouled in a string of lobster traps.

Harvest Dawn was one mile from the harbour, on the west side of Coquet Island, when she got caught in the traps on Thursday morning.

The skipper contacted the Coastguard and RNLI volunteers from Amble launched the all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys.

When the lifeboat arrived, Harvest Dawn was free of the line of traps but her steering was still fouled up so she needed to be towed back to the harbour for repairs.

Volunteer Gary Little jumped aboard the stricken vessel and established a towline between the two boats.

As the Harvest Dawn had no steering and there was a considerable swell with two to three-metre waves, a casualty drogue was used to keep the fishing boat in line with the lifeboat in the rough seas.

She was then sucessfully towed back to Amble harbour.