Early Morning Call for Stromness RNLI Volunteers
The Stromness RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew were paged at 4.30 am today to go to the assistance of a possible casualty on the shore in West Mainland.
They were soon recalled by the coastguard however after news was received that people on the scene had recovered the situation and all was now well.
Commenting on the call, Stromness RNLI press officer Richard Clubley commended the quick thinking of the person who called for assistance. Richard said: 'The quick actions of this person to call for assistance is exactly what we want to see when reports are that someone is in the water. If you see anyone in difficulty around the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'
The lifeboat was back on her berth in under an hour and refuelled ready for service.
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.