Mackerel fishing trip cut short due to steering problems

The 31ft boat, the Alaminta, was close to the Needles rocks when it experienced steering problems and was unable to manoeuvre

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The Yarmouth all weather lifeboat, the Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer), was called to assist a boat which was out on a day’s fishing trip with eleven passengers in the afternoon of Sunday 31st July.

The 31ft boat, the Alaminta, was close to the Needles rocks when it experienced steering problems and was unable to manoeuvre. She had eleven people on board who had paid for a day out to catch mackerel.

More towing power required
The weather although fine, was windy, and, fortunately, a passing rigid inflatable boat (RIB) attempted to tow the vessel clear of any dangers.

However, it was clear that more towing power was required and the RNLI Lifeboat was called just before 2pm.

The lifeboat was alongside the vessel by 2.15 and started the tow back to Yarmouth. The vessel and its crew were safely in Yarmouth harbour by 4.10pm.

Image: © Nick Edwards

Monday, 1st August, 2016 2:01pm

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chris

Trust the captain will be stumping up with a small contribution to the RNLI! :)

dave

Surely ALL vessels (and stranded people) should be made to pay for lifeboat services. After all, they cost a lot to run and maybe some sort of insurance could be taken out to cover such eventualities.