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RNLI Aith given £5000 cheque!

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew members of RNLI Aith lifeboat station were delighted to accept a cheque for £5000, from Captain Marius Joensen last week.

Captain Marius Joensen presenting cheque to John Robertson, looking on are crew members Allan Willmore, Chris Smith, David Nicolson, Luke Bullough.

RNLI/Liz Boxwell

Captain Marius Joensen presenting cheque to John Robertson, looking on are crew members Allan Willmore, Chris Smith, David Nicolson, Luke Bullough. Missing from photo are Lewis Fraser and Pete Hanscombe.

Captain Joensen had been aboard the fish carrier Migdale, which the RNLI lifeboat Charles Lidbury had been called out to help, on 24 February 2018.

The vessel had encountered propulsion problems, and was drifting, when met by the lifeboat, at around five nautical miles north east of the isle of Foula.

RNLI Charles Lidbury had then towed the Migdale back to Aith, to await collection from a tug.

Captain Joenson said he was very grateful for the help from the volunteer crew, and he realised that the outcome on that day could have been much worse, had the RNLI lifeboat Charles Lidbury not come to their rescue.

Engineer John Robertson thanked Captain Joensen for the donation and said that this was what the charity did - saved lives at sea.

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