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Small Fire Leads to Aith Lifeboat Escort

Lifeboats News Release

The Aith Lifeboat was called out at 1100 hours on Wednesday 4 November 2020 after reports of a fire onboard a small workboat operating to the south of Vementry Isle

Michael Tait

The 'Pegasus' is equipped for towing by the Aith Lifeboat
The crew of the 14 metre Pegasus, belonging to a local mussel farming company, called for assistance after a small fire broke out in her engine room.

The Aith lifeboat, RNLI Charles Lidbury, arrived on the scene at 1150 hours, by which time the flames had been extinguished. However, the workboat vessel required a tow to safety and was assisted by the lifeboat to the nearby pier at Brindister, close to West Burrafirth.

Neither of the two crew members onboard Pegasus at the time were injured in the incident.

The lifeboat team were able to make use of new RNLI towing procedures and equipment, which make tow ropes stronger and less likely to break and cause accidents. Trialled at other stations around the UK over the last 18 months, the new towing protocols and ropes are now being rolled out nationwide.

Coincidentally, the volunteer crew members in Aith received training in the new RNLI procedures only the night before, and were able to put it to good use the very next day when towing the Pegasus to safety.

Emergency service colleagues from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, plus the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, were on hand upon arrival at Brindister to help secure the vessel and make sure that it was safe - with no chance of reignition.

The lifeboat crew were then stood down, and the RNLI Charles Lidbury had returned to its station in Aith by 1245 hours.

Michael Tait

RNLI/John Robertson

RNLI/John Robertson

The Aith Lifeboat 'RNLI Charles Lidbury' arrives into Brindister pier with a small workboat under tow

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