A PLEASURE craft had to be rescued by Whitby’s lifeboat and towed home after it broke down on Sunday, with the owner believing the boat had caught a bug.
Bryan Clarkson’s Esk Belle was returning from Scarborough, when it suffered engine failure, at around 1.30pm. The cause is believed to be a ‘fuel bug’, which is caused when water gets into the fuel tank system. If it is not spotted and is allowed to stagnate, as is the case over the winter when pleasure craft sit idle in the harbour, it can lead to dangerous blockages forming in a vessel’s engine. Mr Clarkson said: “It fills all your fuel lines up with a black sludge its a black jelly-type substance so all the system needs cleaning out. It’s a mucky job.”
The Esk Belle III is currently undergoing a refit ahead of the summer season, and now a complete clean out of the fuel system must also be done.