Last day of the year call out for RNLI Longhope

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat rescues vessel broken down in Scapa Flow

RNLI Longhope lifeboat arriving at pier with rescued vessel

RNLI/Mary Harris

RNLI Longhope lifeboat arriving at pier with rescued vessel

Once again it was a late night call out for RNLI Longhope with the pagers alerting the crew at 12.19am, 31 December 2018. They were requested to launch by UK Coastguards and search for a vessel that had suffered engine failure in Scapa Flow.

The lifeboat located the vessel with one male occupant aboard about half a mile north of the Calf of Flotta.

A tow line was established and the vessel brought safely home to Longhope Pier. Weather and sea conditions were moderate with wind from the west.

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready again for service at 3.00am.

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