GALLERY: Trawlers come a cropper in choppy waters

FISHING trawlers came a cropper in choppy seas on Friday afternoon.

With a gusting wind and one of the highest tides of the year, at 6.8 metres, two trawlers leaving Shoreham Harbour had a bit of a mishap.

The Lady L hitting the harbour wall, bursting two of the large yellow fenders PICTURE: CYRIL CROUCH

The Lady L hitting the harbour wall, bursting two of the large yellow fenders PICTURE: CYRIL CROUCH

Cyril Crouch from Shoreham Beach witnessed the drama at 2pm, off the West Breakwater in Southwick.

“It started with the fishing trawler Charity & Liberty from Dumfries towing the fishing trawler Lady L from Brixham out of Shoreham Harbour,” he said.

“Entering the really choppy sea after the harbour entrance, the towing line parted, leaving the Lady L floundering.”

Lady L was within a few feet of the harbour wall, where several people were fishing, but then drifted away from the western arm.

The two vessels, which are both used for scallop fishing, manoeuvred close to each other again and an attempt was made to get a towline to Lady L, but this failed.

“The Lady L hit the harbour wall and burst two of her large yellow fenders with very big bangs,” added Mr Crouch.

“She was successfully towed out to sea after a very dramatic 30 to 40 minutes of hard work and seamanship.”