Second call out today for RNLI Longhope.

Lifeboats News Release

Grounded vessel recovered and escorted to safety

RNLI Longhope lifeboat escorting the vessels in tow back to Longhope pier

RNLI/Mary Harris

RNLI Longhope lifeboat escorting the vessels in tow back to Longhope pier

At 10.41am the pagers went off again for the crew of RNLI Longhope lifeboat, the second call out this morning. They had been tasked by UK Coastguards to assist the owner of a grounded vessel in his attempt to refloat his vessel. As the waters were very shallow the Y-boat was launched from the lifeboat to assess the vessel, to deliver and set up a salvage pump and to establish a tow.

With the rising tide the damaged vessel eventually lifted from the rocks and floated free. Once the vessel was clear of the rocks the tow rope was transferred to the Capella, a 10m passenger vessel which was standing by to assist.

On reaching deeper water the lifeboat retrieved it’s Y boat and escorted the vessels safely back to Longhope pier.

Coxswain Kevin Kirkpatrick said: ‘The volunteer crew did well to respond so quickly after a long night out on the first shout with only a couple of hours sleep. We are all pleased that the outcome was positive and we are always ready to help anyone in trouble at sea.’

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready again for service at 1.15pm.

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