Longhope RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew standby to help stricken bulk carrier

Lifeboats News Release

The crew were paged at 11.40pm, the boat was made ready and requested to standby by the UK Coastguard.

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Longhope RNLI made ready for service

A bulk carrier of 81,000 tonnes, en route to Poland, was adrift north west of the Island of Stroma in the Pentland Firth.

The crew stood down at 2.23 when it was confirmed by the Coastguard that temporary repairs had been made and the ship was out of danger.

Coxswain, Angus Budge said ‘This is a good example of a potentially very serious situation where the volunteer crew are ready to respond’.

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RNLI/Andy Fellows

Longhope RNLI made ready for service

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