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Salcombe RNLI rescues Dutch fishing vessel off Start Point. 

Salcombe RNLI received a request on Thursday, 20 July, from HM Coastguard to launch and assist a Dutch fishing vessel with engine failure 25 nautical miles off Start Point. 

credit Salcombe RNLI 

A spokesperson for Salcombe RNLI said: "As they had done a few days earlier, [the crew] found themselves heading out into the middle of the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel.

"With lines attached and a tow under way the lifeboat crew received a message from the stricken vessel, confirming they had managed to restart one of their engines. At this point, the tow lines were released, and the casualty vessel continued under her own ‘steam’ with the lifeboat remaining alongside, in a shadowing role.

"Once the crew of the casualty vessel were happy with the situation, the lifeboat turned and headed back to Salcombe.

"Back alongside, four and a half hours after leaving, the volunteer crew refuelled and made ready for their next service." 

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