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RNLI Lerwick lifeboat tasked twice this afternoon

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Lerwick lifeboat was tasked by the Coastguard twice this afternoon - to assist in a search for a missing craft and to tow in a yacht that had fouled its propeller on its own rope.

RNLI/Bob Kerr

The 14 metre Norwegian yacht was escorted safely alongside Lerwick lifeboat into the small boat harbour.

RNLI Lerwick lifeboat tasked twice this afternoon

Lerwick lifeboat was tasked by the Coastguard twice this afternoon - to assist in a search for a missing craft and to tow in a yacht that had fouled its propeller on its own rope.

At around 12 noon, the lifeboat was launched in service to assist in a seach north of Bressay, for a fast rescue craft from a standby vessel which had lost contact during a training exercise. The craft was located a short while later by the Lerwick Port Authority vessel Knab, which had also been assisting with the search, with all crew onboard found safe and well.

As the lifeboat crew were returning to Lerwick harbour, they were tasked again to assist a 14 metre Norwegian yacht, with three crew on board, that had fouled its jib sheet in the propeller, on the approach to the north entrance of the harbour. The lifeboat took the vessel under tow and was able to escort her to a safe berth alongside the pontoon in the small boat harbour for around 2pm.

The wind at the time was a fresh south easterly breeze, force four to five, and increasing.

Coxswain Darren Harcus said: "We were pleased to be able to assist in both the search and tow-in this afternoon, thankfully with both ending with successful outcomes. The wind has been increasing this afternoon and the crew on both vessels did the right thing in calling the coastguard and asking for assistance as soon as they realised they needed it. Our volunteer crew are always available to respond to 24 hours a day."

RNLI media contacts

Bob Kerr, Lerwick Lifeboat Press Officer, 07787 131343 bob_kerr@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789


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