Lifeboat called to assist tanker following two boat collision

Peterhead lifeboat crew reach the stricken vessel 'Erin Wood'
Peterhead lifeboat crew reach the stricken vessel 'Erin Wood'

The Peterhead lifeboat was called out for the second time in a week on Saturday (August 29) to assist a waterlogged listing tanker after a collision between two boats.

The lifeboat was launched at around 5pm after a collision between container ship ‘Daroja’ and small tanker ‘Erin Wood’ four Miles off Peterhead.

On arrival at the scene it was found that the ‘Erin Wood’ had almost capsized, and had taken a large ingress of water through the wheelhouse, disabling all power and engines.

Lifeboat crew were transferred to the tanker with a salvage pump from the lifeboat to assist the crew of the boat to pump out the engine room and the cabin of the tanker to prevent capsize.

The pumping operation took a number of hours prior to it being taken in tow by Peterhead trawler ‘Ocean Endeavour’ which towed it to the harbour of refuge at Peterhead.

After the tanker reached the harbour of refuge it was taken in tow by two harbour vessels and safely berthed on the South breakwater.