French Fishing Vessel Saint Christophe with fouled propeller
25' WSW Portland Bill
Portland C.G requested Lifeboat assistance to a report of a 24 metre French Fishing Vessel ' Saint
Christophe' SN 66535, with his trawl fast to the sea bed and around his propeller 25' WSW Portland
ALB paged launched and proceeded.
Once on scene ALB had great problems communicating with the casualty due to the language barrier.
Tow line passed and vessel towed up tide to free trawl from seabed.
With trawl free from bottom but still fouled around propeller ALB started to tow vessel slowly
towards Weymouth as it was not known how much of the trawl was being towed from its propeller.
Trying to communicate to find out how much net was still being dragged behind the vessel was
unsuccessful, with the worry of the trawl re fouling the seabed as the depth got shallower and the
load on the vessels shaft and propeller C.G's where requested to link a call with the vessel and a
translator. Due to none being available and after over an hour wait a member of the public was
found by the C.G to talk to the vessel in French.
It then became clear most of the net had broken free, and only about 6 metres was left fouling the
The speed of the tow was increased and the vessel towed to Weymouth harbour, moored on the
Pleasure pier with Wyke C.G mobile in attendance to await commercial divers in the morning to
clear the propeller.
ALB released to return to station refuelled and made ready for service