Vessel in distress at Helmsdale

Lifeboats News Release

Wick RNLI lifeboat the Roy Barker II was launched to assist a vessel which had run aground at Helmsdale harbour

Vessel aground at Helmsdale harbour

RNLI/John Taylor

Vessel aground at Helmsdale harbour
Wick Lifeboat was paged at 9am to assist a vessel in difficulty at the entrance to Helmsdale harbour. The Lifeboat immediately made its way to the location and upon arriving at Helmsdale found the vessel aground just outside the harbour, the lifeboats inflatable boat was launched and passed a tow rope to the casualty.

The Lifeboat then managed to pull the vessel free and established that the vessel was capable of being towed to Wick.

After towing the vessel to Wick it was established that there was a large swell in the bay, which would make it difficult to control the vessel being towed. A decision was then made to transfer the vessel to Scrabster. A call was made to our colleagues in Scrabster who made their way to meet us North of Wick where upon the tow was transferred to Thurso Lifeboat.

Thurso Lifeboat arrived back at Scrabster at 23:00.

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