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Leverburgh RNLI assist broken-down fishing vessel in challenging conditions

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Volunteer crew in Leverburgh were paged at 0802 hours yesterday morning to attend to a broken-down fishing vessel, between Lochmaddy and Cheesebay, North Uist.

2 crew members standing on the bow of the Lifeboat faced with think fog


Leverburgh RNLI crew navigate their way through heavy fog

The 5.7m vessel, which had suffered engine failure, had 1 person on board.

On arrival at the scene, a tow was established, and the casualty vessel was taken to the safety of Lochmaddy Marina.

The thick, dense fog, which had descended on Harris and Uist yesterday morning, presented Leverburgh’s volunteer crew with some particularly challenging conditions during this rescue. The Berneray-Harris ferry and the St Kilda passenger boats were all cancelled due to the very poor visibility.

This is the 3rd shout for Leverburgh RNLI’s new Shannon Class Lifeboat, which arrived went on service on 2nd May 2018.

The Lifeboat and her crew were back at the station, re-fuelled and ready for service again by 1115 hours. Following their attendance at the shout, the crew joined their fellow crew members at the station car wash, which went on to raise over £1000. The crew would like to thank everyone who came along and gave so generously throughout the day.

Small red fishing boat through the fog


Yesterday's casualty vessel appears through the fog
RNLI crew washing cars outside their station


Leverburgh RNLI Crew car wash

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