Stromness RNLI Lifeboat tows creel boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

A small creel boat suffered engine failure in Hoy Sound this afternoon and was quickly taken under tow by Stromness lifeboat.

A lone fisherman from Stromness was working in his creel boat, just outside the harbour in Hoy Sound today when his engine stopped working. With strong tides in the Sound it is not the best place to be with a loss of power. He called the coastguard at around 7:00 pm and the volunteer crew had RNLB Violet Dorothy and Kathleen was on scene and taking him under tow in just a few minutes.
Both boats were safely back on their respective piers by 7:30 pm.

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