Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat aids grounded fishing vessel.
At 0755 hours today, Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat launched following reports of a grounded fishing vessel, north of Stockinish on the east side of Harris.
While Leverburgh’s volunteer crew were making their way to the scene, the crew of the 17m casualty vessel reported that the boat had re-floated but had a badly fouled propeller and was drifting to the south-west. On arrival, Leverburgh RNLI’s crew attached a tow line and proceeded to tow the fishing boat to the vicinity of the Scalpay Lighthouse.
From there, Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat took over the tow until they reached the safety of the factory pier, Scalpay. For bringing the casualty vessel alongside, Leverburgh RNLI provided assisted by attaching a line to the stern of the boat.
Scalpay Coastguard Land Unit were also in attendance and met both Lifeboats and the fishing boat at the pier.
Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat and crew were back at the station, refuelled and ready for service again by 1535.
The crew wish to convey their thanks for the hospitality received locally while in Scalpay.
Notes to editors
· Leverburgh lifeboat station has been operating since 2012.
· For regular updates from the station visit their Facebook page on: facebook.com/leverburghrnli
· Credit for all pictures in relation to this shout to: Kenny MacLeod, Leverburgh RNLI.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.