Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat rescues fishing vessel on fire

THE Portpatrick RNLI lifeboat, John Buchanan Barr, rescued a small fishing vessel on fire with two people on board on Friday 13 January.

Volunteer lifeboat crew launched the RNLI Portpatrick lifeboat at 4.20 pm on Friday, following an alert from Clyde Coastguard that a small fishing vessel approximately three miles North of Portpatrick had a fire in the engine compartment.

The fishing boat was being delivered to Ireland when the fire broke out. When the lifeboat arrived at scene, the fire was out. Lifeboat crew checked the engine room and then took the vessel under tow to Portpatrick. The two crew members of the fishing boat were uninjured in the incident.

The RNLB John Buchanan Barr with fishing vessel in tow arrived back at Portpatrick at 5.45pm. The crew of the fishing vessel were taken ashore and the lifeboat was cleaned and made ready for service.