Kirkwall RNLI have a long day with passage and service

Lifeboats News Release

Kirkwall's volunteer crew launch at request of UK Coastguard to assist yacht disabled and becalmed

Casualty position on chart

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Casualty position
Kirkwall's all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 11pm last night Tuesday ( 3 August ) to go the aid of a yacht which was fouled up in floating rope debris disabling it's propulsion and steering, with the light to variable winds the yacht had become becalmed in a position 15 miles NE of Westray.

The lifeboat arrived onscene at the casualty position around 0040 and after assessing the situation a tow line was rigged and agreement was made to tow the casualty yacht to a safe berth at Pierowall, Westray.

Both the lifeboat and yacht made good speed in the calm conditions and arrived alongside Pierowall Harbour around 0310 where they were met by the local Coastguard Rescue Team who helped secure the yacht alongside, the lifeboat slipped the tow and departed for home at 0320.

The lifeboat arrived back in Kirkwall at 0420 and was refuelled and made ready for service again by 0450, this had been a long day for the volunteer crew as they had just returned from a passage down to Inverness and back where some routine planned maintenance had been carried out to the lifeboat.
Kirkwall RNLI arrive onscene

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Lifeboat onscene
Tow rope attached to casualty

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Preparing the tow
Arriving at Pierowall, Westray

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Both vessels arrive at Pierowall
Stunning run home

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Heading for home at sunrise
Lifeboat lifted out for bottom paint

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Kirkwall lifeboat at Inverness

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