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RNLI Longhope respond to EPIRB distress call

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Longhope volunteer crew were paged at 8.35pm on 13 July and all weather lifeboat Helen Comrie was launched in response to a distress signal from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) located near Burray.

RNLI/Andy Fellows



The volunteer crew located the source of the signal and boarded a moored vessel where they were able to confirm that no one was in danger and that the EPIRB had been activated accidentally. The EPIRB was therefore deactivated and returned to its owner.
The Helen Comrie returned to Longhope at 10.20pm and was cleaned & refuelled ready for service.



Contrary to some former advice, if an EPIRB is activated accidentally it should be turned off immediately and the nearest MRCC or Coastguard contacted with your position and identity. This can avoid rescue call-outs that divert resources from those in distress. 


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