Skegess RNLI boat in rescue drama

Skegness Lifeboat rescue
Skegness Lifeboat rescue

Skegness’ RNLI lifeboats were both in action on Saturday as warm weather arrived on the Lincolnshire coast.

The all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was first to be called at 10.45am when a small fishing boat with two people on board broke down near Skegness.

Initial reports indicated the location of the boat, Jessica, to be 20 miles east of the town, off the north Norfolk coast. After an extensive search of the area in flat calm seas, the Jessica was located by another vessel closer to The Wash, around six miles south-east of Skegness.

Having already clocked three hours at sea, the volunteer crew on board Lincolnshire Poacher quickly attached a tow rope to the Jessica and began the slow journey north towards Grimsby.

At 5pm, Humber’s RNLI lifeboat met the Skegness lifeboat and Jessica off Donna Nook to take over the tow into Grimsby.

Speaking after the call out, Skegness lifeboat coxswain Ray Chapman said: “Despite it taking a couple of hours to locate the boat, this was a very straightforward shout for us and the conditions at sea could not have been better.”

The lifeboat and crew arrived back at Skegness beach just before 6pm.

The Skegness inshore lifeboat, Peterborough Beer Festival IV, was also called out on Saturday morning following a report of an inflatable dinghy blowing off Skegness Central Beach. The lifeboat launched at 11.55am and after a brief search of the area determined the dinghy and her occupants had made it safely back to the beach unaided.