Stromness RNLI lifeboat tows trawler to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Stromness volunteer lifeboat crew launched the lifeboat today (Friday 16 August) at 0525 to go to the aid of a fishing boat with engine failure.

Picture shows the stern quarter of the lifeboat and a long towline back to the casualty - a trawler

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Early morning tow home
Stromness RNLB Violet Dorothy and Kathleen was requested by the coastguard to launch this morning and she was away by 0525.

Half an hour later she had reached the casualty - a 60 foot trawler with total loss of power 10 miles west of Stromness.

A tow was quickly established and the long, slow tow to safety commenced. By 0810, however, both vessels were safely alongside the berth in Stromness.

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again by 0830.

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