Helping hand proves close bonds still exist

Scarborough's lifeboat towed Copious into the harbour. Picture by Andrew Leadley of Success III

Scarborough's lifeboat towed Copious into the harbour. Picture by Andrew Leadley of Success III

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A SKIPPER proved that close bonds of cameraderie still exist among Whitby fishermen after he gave a helping hand to a boat that was stranded in rough weather.

Richard Brewer’s Copious WY 170 was left stranded 60 miles offshore when a rope became entwined around the propellor in the early hours of 24 June.

His son, Richard Jnr, is skipper of the vessel, which was on guard duty at the Ravenspur oil rig.

He was under steam when he felt a large thump and lost all propulsion.

“We were in constant contact with him on the satellite phone and it was not a very nice experience,” said Richard Snr.

Luckily, Andrew Leadley of Success III WY 212 was in the vicinity and was able to respond to Copious’ calls for help.

A tow was attached and the vessel was brought back to Scarborough, with the tow transferred 7.5 miles off shore to Scarborough’s lifeboat, the Mersey Class Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs.

Richard Snr praised the cameraderie that still exists between the Whitby skippers, adding: “It would have been a lot longer job for the lads in lifeboat, but they’re a great bunch of guys and I would like to give a personal thank you to them all.”

While in Scarborough Harbour a diver was able to clear the debris around the propellor and as soon as the tide was favourable they were able to head straight back out to the Ravenspur rig, where they will be on guard duty for another week.