Fishing boat was towed to Montrose after taking on water in early hours of morning

A fishing boat was towed to Montrose for more than six hours after it began taking on water

A fishing boat was towed to Montrose for more than six hours after it began taking on water

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A fishing boat was towed to Montrose for more than six hours after it began taking on water in the early hours of the morning.

The crew of the Stornoway-registered Prevail raised the alarm at 3.07 a.m. this morning (February 19) after the engine room began taking on water when the four-man crew were about 31 miles east of Montrose.

The crew were pumping out water.

Aberdeen Coastguard was alerted when the boat’s emergency beacon was activated.

A helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth was initially called out and waited until lifeboats from Montrose and Aberdeen reached the boat.

It took about two hours for the Montrose lifeboat to reach the fishing vessel.

Coxwain Scott Murray said before he and the crew of Montrose lifeboat reach Prevail they initially expected the situation to be “worse” as the emergency beacon is usually automatically set off once a boat has sunk and the beacon hits the water.

He said: “They must have let the beacon off themselves. They had managed to let the water out but had lost all power and the boat was dead in the water.

“No one was injured and the crew stayed in the boat and we towed them back to Montrose, which took around six-and-a-half hours.

“The conditions were wet and windy with about three metre sprays.”