Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat launched to assist vessel aground
Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew launch to the aid of creel boat aground.
Shortly after launching and heading for the scene the lifeboat received a message from UK Coastguard that the vessel had refloated and was making for Kettletoft Pier, Sanday and that the lifeboat should continue until the creel boat was safely alongside.
While passing the east side of Shapinsay at 9.46pm the lifeboat was stood down as the creel boat had arrived safely in Kettletoft and with the local Coastguard team in attendance all was well.
The lifeboat returned to Kirkwall at 10.20pm and was made ready for service again by 10.30pm.
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