Kirkwall Volunteer Lifeboat Crew in Pre-Dawn Rescue of Two People on Yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The Kirkwall volunteers launched the all-weather lifeboat shortly before 1.30am on Monday, 9 August, in order to assess the situation at the request of UK Coastguard.

Lifeboat and yacht arrive at Kirkwall

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Kirkwall lifeboat with yacht in tow
The lifeboat arrived on scene, three miles south of Copinsay, at around 2.35am to find the yacht, which had lost all power and was drifting in light winds. Due to the very poor visibility, in darkness, and thick foggy conditions, it was decided that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties.

At 6.15am the casualty yacht was secured safely alongside the marina in Kirkwall and the lifeboat returned to her berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service.

This call-out gave the crew their second night at sea in six days. Our volunteers are on call 24/7, 365 days a year, and always ready to assist anyone in distress at sea.
Foggy conditions on arrival at the marina

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Lifeboat and yacht at the marina in foggy conditions

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