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Two RNLI Lifeboats launched to attend stricken fishing vessel.

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Longhope lifeboat requested to standby Kirkwall lifeboat involved in long arduous rescue.

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat leaving station to assist Kirkwall Lifeboat

RNLI/Mary Harris

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat

Yesterday, March 2 2017, Longhope lifeboat was paged at 13.14 by UK Coastguard and requested to assist Kirkwall lifeboat already involved with a rescue of a disabled vessel. Travelling about a forty miles east of Orkney, Longhope lifeboat finally arrived on scene some two hours after leaving station. Although Kirkwall lifeboat had established a tow with the fishing boat, Longhope lifeboat stood by on the long tow back to Kirkwall.


The 35m Fraserburgh registered fishing boat Sunrise with 6 crew aboard was unable to make way when net became entangled in its propeller.


Sea conditions were rough with a 3m swell but visibility was good. Deputy Coxwain Angus Budge said: 'It was an extremely long day for Kirkwall lifeboat in unpleasant conditions. We were glad to cooperate with them and offer our support.'


The lifeboat was back at station at 22.40, refuelled and ready for service.


RNLI Longhope Lifeboat leaving station to assist Kirkwall Lifeboat

RNLI/Mary Harris

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat
RNLI Kirkwall Lifeboat at scene of rescue

RNLI/Angus Budge

RNLI Kirkwall Lifeboat

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