RNLI Aith’s Charles Lidbury goes to rescue creel boat Scottie’s Pride
RNLI Aith’s lifeboat Charles Lidbury was tasked to go to the aid of a creel boat, which was taking on water, at 9.55am today 6 June 2019.
The Scottie’s Pride was in trouble just south of St Ninian’s Isle, and the lifeboat arrived on scene at 11.30am. The salmon well boat the Ronja Carrier was already there, and had put a pump aboard to disperse the water.
When the RNLI Charles Lidbury arrived, their pump was transferred onto the Scottie’s Pride along with volunteer crew member Hamish Hunter, and the Ronja Carrier was free to leave.
Hamish continued to pump water out as the Charles Lidbury escorted the Scottie’s Pride to Scalloway, arriving there at 2pm. The Scottie’s Pride was then lifted out of the water by a crane.The lifeboat was stood down at 2.50pm, and returned to RNLI Aith Lifeboat Station, arriving back at 4.30pm.
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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.