Lifeboat attends fire on tanker

Scarborough Lifeboat in South Bay
Scarborough Lifeboat in South Bay

Scarborough’s lifeboat crew has recently returned to its station after helping rescue a tanker with a fire in its engine room.

Crews from Scarborough and Whitby were called out at 12.30pm after the alarm was raised by crew aboard the tanker, Mississippi Star, which was six miles north east of Whitby.

The RNLI lifeboat from Whitby was launched, followed by Scarborough RNLI lifeboat which was already at sea for a training exercise.

A member of the tanker’s crew was airlifted from the vessel by RAF rescue helicopter and taken to James Cook University Hospital while the lifeboats stood by in case the crew had to abandon ship.

The Mississippi Star’s crew isolated the engine room and extinguished the fire, said Glenn Goodberry, Whitby RNLI Mechanic.

Speaking from the lifeboat at 4pm, he added: “By the time we reached her, the ship had drifted several miles but the fire was out.

“Scarborough lifeboat has returned to station but we are standing by the tanker at the moment to ensure the crew are safe.

“We expect a tug will be called to take the tanker into the Tees where the damage can be assessed.”

The tanker, which was not carrying any cargo, had left the Tees this morning bound for Antwerp.