RNLI Kirkwall Lifeboat to rescue of yacht disabled in strong tides.

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Yacht safely towed in to Kirkwall after she was becalmed and engine failed in the strong tides of Eynhallow Sound

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Kirkwall lifeboat towing yacht to safety in harbour.

Shetland Coastguards (SCG) paged Request Launch at 10:58 hrs and duty LA Chris Irvine called for more information. He was informed that a sailing yacht with 1 person on board had lost her engine while becalmed in a strong tide stream and had put out a MAYDAY call.


Launch ALB was paged at 11:08 hrs and the crew mustered at the station for briefing. Coxswain Fraser Retson and 6 more volunteer crew departed on Kirkwall Lifeboat (1713) at 11:15 hrs and proceeded to toward the casualty which was reported in position 59 07N, 003 04W.

1713 arrived on scene at 11:42 hrs to find that the vessel was close to the point of Aiker Ness. At 11:47 a line was secured and the tow back to Kirkwall commenced. Weather conditions were slight so a good tow speed was possible.

The casualty was towed into Kirkwall where she was safely tied up in the marina at 13:20 hrs .

1713 returned to station where she was secured on her berth at 13:25 hrs and was refuelled, ready for service again at 13:35 hrs.

This is the 13th service for Kirkwall lifeboat this year.

RNLI/Kevin Wooldradge

Passing cruise liner on passge to Kirkwall
Yacht taken alongside the lifeboat to pt her on berth in marina.

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Entering Kirkwall Marina

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