RNLI Longhope lifeboat rescues person from grounded vessel.
RNLI Longhope lifeboat was paged in the early hours of Friday 28 December at 2.05 am.
They were tasked by UK Coastguards to search for a vessel in difficulties in Longhope Bay. The Coastguards had received a weak Mayday call from a vessel that had struck an object and was consequently taking on water.
The lifeboat located the vessel which was aground at Crockness and her smaller Y-boat was launched to investigate the shallow waters. One person suffering from hypothermia was rescued from the vessel and returned to the lifeboat, which conveyed the casualty to Longhope pier where the doctor and medical assistance were in attendance.
The lifeboat returned to station at 5.45am and was made ready again for service.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.