Stromness RNLI lifeboat tows trawler to safety
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.
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.
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.