RNLI Longhope Lifeboat rescues vessel from imminent danger.

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Mayday received from small vessel in trouble by rocky shore at Hunda, Orkney

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat brings vessel safely alongside pier at Flotta

RNLI/Steven Rhodes

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat brings vessel safely alongside pier at Flotta

Longhope lifeboat crew were paged tonight, 13 September 2017, at 19.45hrs by UK Coastguard. They were under way seven minutes later to a vessel in distress at the north side of the uninhabited island of Hunda, off the shore of Burray.

Two persons were aboard the 8metre boat Peerie Yin which had suffered engine failure. The anchor had been dropped but unfortunately the anchor line broke. As the lifeboat approached, the stricken vessel was beam onto the shore and minutes away from suffering damage from the rocks.

Manoeuvring in shallow waters with moderate sea conditions and a northerly wind the lifeboat managed to establish a tow and bring the vessel into deeper waters. They then towed the vessel to Flotta and brought it safely alongside the pier.

The lifeboat returned to station at 22.10hrs, refuelled and made ready again for service.

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