DISABLED DIVE BOAT OFF LONGSTONE ISLAND

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Launch Report 011-012/2015

DISABLED DIVE BOAT OFF LONGSTONE ISLAND

At 13.34hrs on Sunday 28 June 2015, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Lifeboat, following a request for assistance from a dive RIB (Inflatable Boat), which had engine failure just north of Longstone Island, at the Farne Islands. Three divers were still in the water. It was decided to launch both lifeboats, in case of any problems recovering the divers. The Inshore Lifeboat reached the scene first and assisted the RIB, ensuring the divers were safely recovered from the water as the All Weather Lifeboat arrived on scene.

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat began escorting the RIB back to its launch site at Beadnell, but due to the choppy sea conditions, the ALL Weather Lifeboat took over the task, and the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to station.

Once the RIB was safely ashore at Beadnell, the All Weather Lifeboat returned to Station at Seahouses. It is believed that the kill cord which stops the engine in an emergency, may have been accidently disturbed by one of the Divers, preventing the engine from starting.

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