Stromness RNLI Volunteer Crew to the aid of Scallop Divers

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 26 February the Stromness lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen was called to diving boat with engine problems and two divers in the water.

The boat is seen entering the harbour with Hoy High Lighthouse behind and to the left

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Stromness lifeboat returning to harbour
At around 14;00 on Friday 26 February the volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat launched to the assistance of a local scallop boat having engine trouble just outside Stromness harbour, between the Holms and the small island of Graemsay. The tide runs strongly through this area as it is part of the narrow funnel of Hoy Sound between Graemsay and Orkney Mainland. The danger was the divers could have been carried some distance from the boat before being recovered. In the event the skipper managed to get the boat going again and soon had the divers out of the water. The lifeboat escorted them back to Stromness harbour.
Violet Dorothy and Kathleen at top speed leaving Stromness harbour between the Holms and Graemsay. Hoy High Lighthous ahead.

RNLI/Richard Clubley

On a shout

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