The fishing vessel Lady Lou lost propulsion power near South Devon coast in England. The vessel suffered gearbox and engine failure, remaining adrift near the rocky shallows of Start Point pushed by the strong winds and stormy weather. The crew was unable to restart the engineering and requested assistance from the local authorities. The south-east gale conditions forced the authorities to dispatch all-weather lifeboat and the scene of the drifting troubled fishing vessel Lady Lou, which started salvage operation and towed Lady Lou to Brixham. Near the port, to the salvage operation joined Brixham Harbour pilot boat, which ensured that the convoy will maneuver safely for berthing during the heavy swells and strong gale winds.
“The near south-east gale conditions and the vessel size required the Torbay ALB to assist and she took over the tow returning the Lady Lou to Brixham”, said the Torbay RNLI spokesman. “Additional assistance was given by the pilot boat to enter Brixham Harbour to ensure Lady Lou could be manouvered safely to a mooring position with heavy swells and strong winds”, added he.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause and circumstances around the incident. Fortunately there were no injured people and no water pollution.
Fishing vessel Lady Lou BM-110 has overall length of 24.00 m, moulded beam of 6.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m.