Kirkwall RNLI in seven hour tow of fishing vessel 26 miles South East of Orkney

Lifeboats News Release

Kirkwall's volunteer crew launched at the request of the UK Coastguard after a fishing vessel reported issues and was drifting in the Pentland Firth.

RNLI/Graham Campbell

The all-weather lifeboat launched shortly before 3.00pm on Thursday (3 September) to the aid of the vessel and her six crew who were situated 26 miles South East of Orkney.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 4.35pm and the volunteer crew attached a tow rope to begin the long passage back to Kirkwall in blustery conditions with winds reaching near gale force at times.

After a seven and a half hour tow back to the sanctuary of Kirkwall harbour, both the lifeboat and the fishing vessel berthed safely just before midnight.

The lifeboat was refuelled and was made ready for service again by 1.00am.

Kirkwall lifeboat tows fishing vessel to safety.

RNLI/Graham Campbell

RNLI/Graham Campbell

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