Sinking fishing boat rescued by Filey RNLI

Water was pumped out of the Magic
Water was pumped out of the Magic

A dramatic rescue unfolded this morning when a fishing vessel started to sink just off Filey Brigg.

A local, 10 metre fishing boat, Magic, was rapidly taking on water and sinking this morning (Thursday September 15).

Humber Coastguard directly paged for the immediate launch of Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, before 7am.

Within seven minutes of the call, the ALB had launched under the command of Coxswain Barry Robson, and was quickly alongside the fishing vessel.

Two members of the all-weather lifeboat along with a portable salvage pump were transferred to the Magic.

After about 30 minutes of continuous pumping the water had sufficiently cleared to enable to boat to restart its engine.

The fishing vessel was then escorted back to Scarborough Harbour by the all-weather lifeboat which returned to Filey and was recarriaged some 3 hours after the incident developed.

Barry Robson, Coxswain/Mechanic said: “The rapid response of the all-weather lifeboat here at Filey undoubtedly saved the crew and their boat. They had already deployed their life raft and were preparing to abandon ship. We soon managed to get a salvage pump on board the vessel along with 2 lifeboat crew members and once the water had receded we were able to escort the boat back to Scarborough.

"A large number of fishing vessels operate off Filey and having a lifeboat nearby is a re-assurance to them especially in circumstances like this.”