Off duty lifeboat crew come to the rescue of dive boat

Lifeboats News Release

Wick Lifeboat was launched at 2:18pm to go to the assistance of a local dive boat which had fouled it's propeller.

Assist dive vessel aground

RNLI/Wick Station

Wick Lifeboat XP boat
The lifeboat was launched and made it's way to a local area known as the 'Old man of Wick' where it had it had been reported that a red flare was sighted.

As the lifeboat made its way to the scene, two vessels the 'Topaz and Sapphire' with off duty lifeboat crew who were out on a fishing competition, spotted the flare and made their way to the scene. On their way four divers were spotted in the water and each vessel rescued two divers.

When the lifeboat reached the casualty they became aware that there were another four divers and two crew still aboard the vessel. The dive boat was aground on the rocks but was not holed. The lifeboat then launched their XP boat and made their way to the casualty and attached a tow rope.

The lifeboat was then successful in pulling the casualty free from the rocks and secured them along side before returning them safely to Wick harbour.
Dive vessel towed off rocks

RNLI/Wick Station

Dive vessel

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