A foggy shout for Appledore lifeboat

THICK fog tested the skills of the Appledore RNLI lifeboat crew as they spent a demanding night rescuing a broken down fishing trawler off Lundy. Despite smothering fog which reduced visibility to 50 metres, the crew successfully and safely towed the 50 f

THICK fog tested the skills of the Appledore RNLI lifeboat crew as they spent a demanding night rescuing a broken down fishing trawler off Lundy.

Despite smothering fog which reduced visibility to 50 metres, the crew successfully and safely towed the 50 foot Bruno of Sutton back to port during a challenging shout that lasted five hours.

The Tamar all weather lifeboat Molly Hunt launched form Appledore at 8.42pm last night (Thursday) and returned home with her casualty in town at 1.30am this morning.

There were two people on board the trawler, whose engines had failed seven miles east of Lundy.


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"The thick fog was with us throughout the service," said Appledore coxswain Martin Cox.

"Fortunately there was no wind and a smooth sea, but it was all good experience for the crew.

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