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RNLI Aith’s Charles Lidbury goes to rescue creel boat Scottie’s Pride

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Volunteer crew member Hamish Hunter pumping water from the Scottie's Pride

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Volunteer crew member Hamish Hunter pumping water from the Scottie's Pride

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.
RNLI Aith's Charles Lidbury escorting Scottie's Pride to safety

RNLI/John Robertson

RNLI Aith's Charles Lidbury escorting Scottie's Pride to safety
Salmon well boat Ronja Carrier alongside RNLI Aith's Charles Lidbury

RNLI/John Robertson

Salmon well boat Ronja Carrier alongside RNLI Aith's Charles Lidbury

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