RNLI Longhope Lifeboat searches for drifting rigid Inflatable boat

Lifeboats News Release

Rapid response from lifeboat crew, departing just minutes after being paged.

Night photo of crew members inspecting the rib and making ready for tow.

RNLI/ Emils Strauss

Crew members inspect the rib and make ready for tow.

RNLI Longhope lifeboat was requested to launch tonight at 19.50pm, 26 September, by UK Coastguards. It was a very quick departure as the crew were already assembled for a crew training exercise and just about to board the lifeboat when their pagers went off.

They were tasked to search for a rib that had been sighted drifting towards Holm in Scapa Flow. The lifeboat soon located the rib and confirmed that there were no persons aboard. It was identified as belonging to Scottish Sea Farms.

The rib was then towed to Holm Pier and made secure. Kirkwall Coastguard were waiting and intended to contact the owners. Sea conditions were good with light winds and drizzle.

Incidentally, it was the first shout for the crew wearing their brand new all weather kit provided by Helly Hansen. They all seemed extremely pleased with the garments, one crew member commenting that it was 'very cosy.'

The lifeboat then headed home and was back at station by 21.27pm, refuelled and made ready again for service.

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