Barra lifeboat races to trawler’s aid

Isle of Barra lifeboat, Edna Windsor.

Isle of Barra lifeboat, Edna Windsor.

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The Isle of Barra Lifeboat was launched early yesterday morning to aid a prawn trawler that had issued a distress call. Barra Lifeboat, Edna Windsor, was alerted by the coastguard to attend the stricken fishing vessel south east of Castlebay, Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

The RNLI Lifeboat launched at 2.20am with a crew of five volunteers to attend to the prawn trawler Amity II which had lost power in the Minch 17 miles South East from Castlebay.

The Barra Lifeboat arrived at the scene at 3.20am and discovered the trawler was sitting well in the water with five crew on board. The sea state was fine with a small swell. The Amity II had suffered a ruptured fuel line. The crew of the trawler had deployed an emergency generator which supported lights and pumps until the lifeboat arrived.

The trawler was then towed by the Barra Lifeboat to the safe harbour of Northbay, Barra arriving at 6.45am to await repair. Barra Lifeboat returned to its station at 7.45am where it was refuelled and made ready for service.