RNLI crew to the rescue after fishing boat with five on board drifts dangerously

RESCUE The RNLI come to the aid of the stranded fishing boat
RESCUE The RNLI come to the aid of the stranded fishing boat

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VOLUNTEERS at RNLI Portsmouth rescued a large fishing boat with five people on board after it drifted into danger.

The 10-metre commercial fishing boat had suffered a mechanical failure and was drifting in Langstone Harbour.

RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat received an emergency call at 1pm on Sunday and launched its rescue boat Norma T within 10 minutes.

Lifeboat crews attached a tow line but it took a further hour to battle through the force seven winds, sea swell and falling tide to reach the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour.

The lifeboat crew then steered the fishing boat through the busy main channel – avoiding both Wight Link St Claire ferries and Brittany Ferries’ Normandie ships. They then had to manoeuvre the 18-tonne fishing boat through the narrow Camber docks to an empty mooring.

The five on board the fishing boat thanked the RNLI crew with tea and biscuits before they returned to the station.