Thurso lifeboat launches to assist 89m cargo vessel aground in Pentland Firth

Lifeboats News Release

Thurso's volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 03.40am this morning to assist a cargo vessel which had run aground at the Pentland Skerries.

Thurso's volunteer crew on board The Taylors launched early this morning to assist a cargo vessel which had run aground on rocks at the Pentland Skerries, the east entrance to the Pentland Firth. The volunteer crew remained with the vessel to ensure her safety and the safety of her crew until around 2.00pm when they were relieved by their colleagues from Longhope Lifeboat Station aboard Helen Comrie.

It is expected that at high water, 4.00pm, an attempt will be made to tow the cargo vessel from its current position. It is hoped that the vessel will be safe enough to be escorted into Lyness, Hoy, by the Longhope lifeboat.

As this is an ongoing operation please contact the Coastguard for further updates.

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Thurso RNLI standby to assist a container vessel

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Thurso RNLI standby to assist a container vessel
Container vessel aground on Pentland Skerries

RNLI/Lewis Davidson

Container vessel aground on Pentland Skerries
Thurso RNLI assist an aground vessel on Pentland Skerries

RNLI/Lewis Davidson

Thurso RNLI assist an aground vessel on Pentland Skerries

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