Longhope lifeboat RNLI volunteer crew stand-by to assist small vessel in danger
The volunteer crew were paged today at 5.51pm and all-weather lifeboat, Helen Comrie, was quickly made ready and requested to standby by the UK Coastguard.
Shortly after a second alert and request to attend, the crew were stood down and the boat returned to Longhope, when it was reported that an experienced local boatman had been able to reach the vessel and safely return those onboard to John O’Groats.
Coxswain, Angus Budge, said: 'We are thankful that this incident passed without harm. We are grateful to the public for alerting us to potentially dangerous situations like this and the RNLI volunteer crew is always ready to respond. When sailing or motorboating, it is essential that you make yourself aware of local hazards and always wear a lifejacket.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.