Teignmouth lifeboat crew save 5 when trawler capsizes

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The five casulaties can be seen standing on the wheelhouse awaiting rescue (Credit RNLI Tony Watson)

Date: 30/01/2012

Author: Tony Watson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Update Tuesday 31 January, 12pm

At about 1.40pm on Monday 30 January many 999 calls were received by HM Coastguard about a local trawler that had capsized on approaching the River Teign estuary mouth, close to the bar.

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The Teignmouth relief lifeboat Mary Lewis was launched immediately with three volunteer crew on board.

The five fisherman on board the trawler had taken refuge on the dry side of the wheelhouse; the lifeboat crew managed to take all five fisherman onto the lifeboat, with the lifeboat suffering some damage from the edge of the stricken trawler.

The lifeboat returned quickly to the lifeboat station where paramedics were waiting. All of the casualties were a bit shaken and cold; paramedics examined them and pronounced all OK.The lifeboat station shore crew provided hot drinks and blankets, and the casulaties were allowed to go when they felt ready.

Tony Watson, Teignmouth lifeboat press officer, said: ‘Our volunteer crew got to the trawler quickly and saved five men’s lives in tricky conditions, but this just shows that accidents can happen to even experienced mariners. It’s a small community here and we’re grateful that we could help our fellow seamen when they needed us.’

The lifeboat is currently (Tuesday 31 January) standing by while efforts are made to attach a tow to the trawler.

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