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Kirkwall RNLI tasked to assist local charter vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Kirkwall RNLI volunteer crew were tasked to assist a vessel while already at sea on Saturday morning 20th March.

Kirkwall lifeboat tows in disabled charter vessel

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Charter vessel under tow by lifeboat
The all-weather RNLI lifeboat MARGARET FOSTER was already at sea early on Saturday morning when the volunteer crew were requested to assist a local charter vessel which had lost power with two crew and one passenger onboard.

RNLB Margaret Foster, with Coxswain Stewart Ryrie and six volunteer crew onboard, headed for a position West of the Galt Point, Shapinsay. Arriving seven minutes after the tasking came in, they found the vessels crew had deployed their anchor.

Ten minutes after arriving on scene and with a tow attached the lifeboat headed for Kirkwall in freshening weather, both vessels arrived safely at Kirkwall marina forty minutes later where the casualty was secured safely alongside and the crew discovered she had been fouled up in some old rope which had made the vessel loose power.

The lifeboat was back alongside her berth refuelled and ready for service again at 0945.

Both vessels arriving in Kirkwall Bay

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Kirkwall lifeboat with charter vessel alongside
Both vessels arrive safely at Kirkwall marina

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Kirwall lifeboat with charter vessel arriving at Kirkwall marina

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