THE Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Portland Flotilla completed its second major rescue in a week on Wednesday when it towed a trawler back to Portland.
Portland Coast Guard Commander Stephen Brown said the Water Police notified the Coast Guard at 6am on Wednesday that a trawler with main engine failure was stranded 30 nautical miles south west of Portland.
“The sea conditions were rough, 25 knots from the west, with CG17 Coast Guard rescue vessel taking two and a half hours to reach the trawler,” Commander Brown said.
He said the rescue was going well with the trawler under tow and sea conditions improving until the tow line broke under a heavy swell surge.
“The crew reattached the tow line and continued towards Portland,” Commander Brown said.
The two vessels entered the Portland harbour at 5pm, and Commander Brown said it took about 25 minutes for the trawler to be placed along side its berth and secured.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.