Longhope RNLI lifeboat comes to the rescue of grounded creel boat
Longhope lifeboat volunteer crew were paged today at 11.43am and the lifeboat was quickly launched to assist a local creel boat whose propeller had fouled, causing it to lose power and run aground at Crockness.
This was the first shout for new volunteer crew members Ros Ware and Derick Pearson who joined and began training earlier this year.
Coxswain Kevin Kirkpatrick said 'There are big tides at the moment and it was ebbing fast, so the rescue of this boat & crew needed to be achieved quickly. RNLI training and expertise are key to effective, safe action in rapidly developing situations like this.'
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.