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Boat lent to mayday lifeboat team

The stricken lifeboat being towed ashore
The crew issued a mayday call when the vessel began sinking

A relief rescue craft has been lent to Portishead and Bristol Lifeboat after its own vessel was damaged during a training session in heavy seas.

The volunteer crew aboard the stricken lifeboat issued a mayday call when it began sinking in the Bristol Channel last Thursday night.

The spare craft was lent by the Severn Area Rescue Association, which attended the distress call with the RNLI.

A spokesman for the Portishead trust said they were "grateful" for the loan.

"We now have a relief lifeboat on station to provide cover until such time as our lifeboat is back on station," said the trust's vice chairman Dave Herbert.

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