Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat launched to assist vessel aground

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Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew launch to the aid of creel boat aground.

RNLI/Graham Campbell

The all-weather RNLI lifeboat with six volunteer crew onboard launched at 9.20pm last night (15 October) at the request of UK Coastguard to go to the aid of a local creel boat aground on rocks on the island of Sanday with three crew onboard.

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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