RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat tows in stricken shellfish boat
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.
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.”
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.