First training exercise by RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat results in call-out
On their first training exercise since coming out of lockdown, the crew of RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat were last night asked to assist a becalmed yacht.
In calm seas, Lerwick Lifeboat made good progress to reach the vessel in around 45 minutes, taking up a tow before 9pm around three nautical miles east of Sumburgh Head. Both vessels made a steady speed of around seven knots to reach Lerwick Harbour around midnight, where the yacht was safely berthed in small boat harbour.
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