Navy ship rescues fishing boat
ROYAL Navy sailors have stopped a ship from foundering off the South Coast - for a second time in a week.
The crew of frigate HMS St Albans stopped the stricken fishing boat Lady Ellen from being caught on the rocks off Rame Head just outside Plymouth Sound on Wednesday.
The warship was undergoing training off the coast of Plymouth when it picked up the Lady Ellen's May Day emergency call after its engine had stopped and started drifting dangerously close to the rocks.
Able Seaman John Bayne, the coxswain of the warship's smaller sea boat which was first on the scene, said: "As soon as we hear a May Day call we all react immediately. "It was good that we were so close as the fishing boat was getting very close to the rocks."
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The rescue came just three days after the crews of HMS Lancaster and fishery protection ship HMS Severn prevented the tug Christos XXII sinking in Tor Bay.
HMS St Albans' commanding officer, Commander Andrew Block, said: "We will always offer assistance to nearby seafarers - saving life at sea, regardless of who it is. It is the first rule of any sailor. I am very proud of my ship's company who reacted quickly and instinctively."