A FISHING vessel, which developed steering trouble in Belfast Lough, was towed to safety by Donaghadee’s All-Weather Lifeboat Saxon, assisted by Bangor’s inshore lifeboat.
The Saxon launched at 3.20pm after a request from Belfast Coastguard. At the scene, six miles north-east of Orlock Point, a secure tow-line was established to the stricken trawler which had a crew of six. The vessel was towed to Bangor harbour where the crew of Bangor’s Atlantic class lifeboat, Jessie Hillyard, assisted, safely guiding the trawler to a berth at the Eisenhower pier. The Saxon stood down at 5.40pm.