Longhope Lifeboat launched to attend vessel in Scapa Flow.

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Damaged vessel rapidly taking on water towed to safety.

RNLI Longhope lifeboat heading out to rescue damaged vessel

RNLI/Mary Harris

RNLI Longhope lifeboat heading out to rescue damaged vessel

Leaving the station at 8.55pm, 2 March 2019, RNLI Longhope lifeboat quickly responded to a request from UK Coastguards to search for and assist a vessel in trouble in Scapa Flow. The vessel, an 11 metre ex-fishing boat with one crew on board was located one nautical mile south-east of Houton. Having confirmed the vessel owner was unharmed, a tow was quickly established and underway by 9.35pm.

The damaged vessel, which was rapidly taking on water, was safely towed to Houton and made secure. Stromness Coastguards were also in attendance at Houton and ready to assist if necessary. The lifeboat returned to Longhope, refuelled and was made ready again for service. Sea and visibility conditions were good to fair.

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