Kirkwall RNLI in night search for reported flare
The volunteer crew at Kirkwall lifeboat launched to conduct a search after the sighting of a flare.
The all-weather RNLI lifeboat Margaret Foster launched at the request of UK Coastguard to search an area in Bay of Tuquoy at 9.00pm after a member of the public had reported what they believed to be a flare.
Margaret Foster with Coxswain Stewart Ryrie and seven volunteer crew on board headed for the area and carried out a creeping line search pattern in force five winds and moderate to heavy seas in tide.
At 11.36pm on the completion of the search pattern with nothing found the lifeboat was stood down by UK Coastguard and the volunteer crew returned to station where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service again by 1am.
By 1pm on Saturday the volunteer crew were back at Kirkwall lifeboat station to escort Santa into Kirkwall Harbour onboard the RNLI lifeboat Margaret Foster to a sizable crowd of kids and adults who all then joined the parade through the streets of Kirkwall with Santa on his sleigh collecting donations for the RNLI on their way.
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.