Service Call 72
6th October @ 20:04 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard, after receiving a PANPAN from a heavy, 20m ex Danish Trawler, converted to a guard vessel, with engine failure 14 miles SE of Ramsgate. On scene with winds gusting to over 50 knots North Easterly, the AWB managed to throw a heaving line to the casualty, who was then able to pull the tow line to them. Once attached, the AWB started the long slow tow back to Ramsgate. After approximately 3 hours of towing, the tow line chaffed through and was lost at the casualty end. The AWB crew then pulled all the tow line back in by hand and made ready for a second attempt. The casualty vessel still had our heaving line so reversed the operation by throwing it to the AWB, allowing us to re-attach the tow rope, which was again pulled by the casualty crew. Once re-attached to the casualty the AWB was then able to continue the tow into Ramsgate harbour. Weather conditions at sea were extremely strong winds, up to 50 Knots, large wave heights and extreme swell.