Leverburgh RNLI responds to 2 shouts hours apart

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Leverburgh RNLI lifeboat attended to 2 shouts in a matter of hours on Wednesday 14th June.

Leverburgh Lifeboat towing 16m fishfarm vessel

Leverburgh RNLI Crew

RNLB The Royal Thames towing the first casualty of the day back to Leverburgh

Busy week of life-saving and fundraising for Leverburgh RNLI

Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat attended to 2 shouts in a matter of hours on Wednesday 14th June. The first shout was following a request by Stornoway Coastguard to assist a local fishfarm vessel, with a disabled engine, off Rodel, South Harris. Leverburgh’s volunteer crew were paged at 1121 hours, and made their way towards the 16m vessel. On arrival, a tow line was established and the casualty vessel was towed back to Leverburgh Pier. Both vessels arrived safely back in Leverburgh at 1400 hours.

Later that day, at 1923 hours, Leverburgh volunteer crew were once again called upon by Stornoway Coastguard following a report of a yacht requiring assistance off Scarp, North-West Harris. The 10m yacht had 2 people on board and had suffered engine failure. On arrival at the scene, the Lifeboat crew found the yacht to be at anchor in the bay at Kearstay, at the north end of Scarp. Two crew members were transferred to the yacht to establish a tow line and the Lifeboat proceeded to tow her back to Leverburgh at approximately 2210 hours. The journey home was made at an average speed of 6 knots with a force 6, South/South-Westerly wind, and saw the RNLB The Royal Thames return to Leverburgh at 0200 hours – 12 hours after having returned from their previous shout.

The two shouts have come in the midst of what has already been a very busy week for Leverburgh RNLI as they prepare for their annual fun day, where they will, this year, be celebrating their 5th Birthday. There will be plenty of fun and games on offer for all, from party games for the younger supporters to a raffle with some luxury prizes, for the adults. The Fundraising committee would like to take this opportunity to inform everyone that, due to the forecast, there has been a change of venue for the event, and the fun day will now take place at Leverbugh Village Hall (at the original time of 1-4 pm).

Leverburgh Lifeboat and Fishfarm vessel safely tied up in Leverburgh

Leverburgh RNLI Crew

The first casualty of the day safely alongside in Leverburgh

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