The volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat got to bed in the wee, small hours after towing home a casualty.
The crew of Stromness lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen, were called out for the second time in five days, this time to attend a scallop dredger who had its propeller fouled in ropes. They were paged at 21:00 on Monday night and the lifeboat was soon on the scene, just off the Hoy shore opposite the uninhabited Scapa Flow island of Cava. At 25 knots it took only a few minutes from Stromness.
The crew assisted in cutting the casualty free then towed her back to Copland's Dock in Stromness Harbour. They were back on their own berth, fuelled and ready for service again by 00:40 this morning
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.