Kirkwall RNLI respond to EPIRB activation on fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Kirkwall's volunteer crew launch in search after EPIRB signal reported from fishing vessel 5 nautical miles NW from station.

EPIRB floating and located using visual and VHF direction finder

RNLI/Graham Campbell

EPIRB Located on the surface
The all-weather lifeboat launched shortly before 9am this morning Tuesday (6 July) at the request from UK Coastguard after a signal was picked up from an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) five nautical miles NW from Kirkwall.

With five crew onboard the lifeboat arrived on scene a short time later and commenced a search of the area where the EPIRB signal was showing to be coming from, visual searches and the VHF direction finder onboard the lifeboat were both used and shortly after the EPIRB was located by the lifeboat crew floating on the surface.

Contact was made with the fishing vessel via Shetland Coastguard and once the crew reported all were safe and that they must have lost the EPIRB overboard during passage the lifeboat headed towards the position of the fishing vessel and returned the EPIRB to the crew whom were very grateful for the quick response and help during this incident.

The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station 1110am and was refuelled and made ready for service again by 1130.

EPIRB recovered by crew

RNLI/Graham Campbell

EPIRB recovered
Another great outcome EPIRB recovered and being returned to fishing vessel

RNLI/Graham Campbell

EPIRB safe onboard lifeboat

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