RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat tows in stricken shellfish boat

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Lerwick Lifeboat went to the aid of a local shellfish boat whose propeller had become fouled on a rope and was drifting near cliffs in the South Mainland.

Lerwick Lifeboat passing the cliffs at No Ness this afternoon, with a local shellfish boat under tow

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Lerwick Lifeboat passing the cliffs at No Ness this afternoon, with a local shellfish boat under tow
The lifeboat launched at 1pm at the request of the UK Coastguard and within half an hour had reached the vessel, which was adrift just a few hundred metres from cliffs near Levenwick.

The lifeboat took the vessel under tow and made steady progress, arriving safely in Lerwick Harbour around 3.30pm.

Sea conditions were slight, with some sea swell and light northerly winds.

Darren Harcus, Coxswain said: “When they realised that they were close to the shoreline without any means of propulsion, the crew of this vessel did the right thing by contacting the Coastguard and asking for assistance. Our volunteer crew are always on call 24/7 and we were pleased to be able to assist.”

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