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Lifeboat called out to fisherman who 'aggravated pre-existing medical condition'

The lifeboat was launched yesterday evening (Sunday, September 13) to rescue a fisherman who had "aggravated a pre-existing medical condition" when attempting to repair his engine.

The crew member had managed to drop anchor south of Docking Shoal with the Wells lifeboat being called out at 6pm with a crew of six.

Sightings of the fishing boat were reported by the lifeboat crew at 6.39pm.

The fishing vessel under tow on Sunday evening. Picture: RNLI
The fishing vessel under tow on Sunday evening. Picture: RNLI

It was decided that a lifeboat crew member should go on board to assess the crew member’s medical condition and to rig up a tow.

No medical assistance was required but, before the tow could start, the lifeboat crew had to clear the vessel’s anchor which had become entangled in some fishing gear.

The tow began shortly after 7pm in favourable sea conditions.

An RNLI spokesperson said: "In consultation with the Wells harbourmaster, it was decided to tow the vessel back to safe water close to the harbour entrance and anchor the vessel overnight to await the early morning flood tide when there would be sufficient water to bring the vessel into port."

It was confirmed that the crew member was fit to remain on board overnight and at 8.17pm, the fishing boat was safely anchored at Wells harbour.

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