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RNLI Longhope Lifeboat rescues lone yachtsman.

Lifeboats News Release

Casualty with suspected heart problems alerts UK Coastguard for assistance.

RNLI Longhope lifeboat crew members retrieve unmanned yacht and return to Longhope

RNLI/Mary Harris

RNLI Longhope lifeboat crew members retrieve unmanned yacht

Longhope lifeboat was requested to launch this morning at 10.50 by UK Coastguard to attend a lone yachtsman who had become unwell in Widewall Bay, South Ronaldsay. The lifeboat crew quickly located the Moody class yacht and assisted the casualty onboard. Showing symptoms of heart problems he was given oxygen and relevant medical care en route to Scapa pier where an ambulance was waiting.

Previously, the yachtsman had managed to drop anchor before calling the coastguard and so the lifeboat returned to the unmanned vessel. Two crew members boarded the yacht and under escort from the lifeboat they brought the yacht safely home to Longhope.

Sea conditions and visibility were good with light winds.

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again by 14.00 hrs.

RNLI Longhope crew members retrieve unmanned yacht

RNLI/Dougie Edgar

RNLI Longhope crew members retrieve unmanned yacht
Rescued yacht brought safely to Longhope pier

RNLI/Mary Harris

Rescued yacht brought safely to Longhope pier

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