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Aith RNLI assists two people on broken down fishing boat near Muckle Roe

Lifeboats News Release

Aith RNLI's lifeboat was called out this morning (Thursday 20 May) to assist a small fishing boat that had lost power near Muckle Roe.


The scallop boat is towed to safety

With two crew onboard at the time, the 10m scallop boat had suffered gearbox problems and was starting to drift approximately one mile north of Muckle Roe.

Aith’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers were called out at 9.35am and quickly made their way to the scene to assess the situation. It was decided to establish a tow line and assist the vessel into the quayside at Aith.

Speaking following the call out, Aith RNLI Coxswain John Robertson said: 'This shellfish boat was in no immediate danger with few hazards nearby, but having lost propulsion, and with no other vessels in the area, the crew made the right decision to call the Coastguard and request assistance.

'These types of situations at sea can easily take a turn for the worst, and it is always better for seafarers to be safe rather than sorry. Our volunteer lifeboat crew performed their duties admirably, resulting in thankfully, a very straightforward towing operation.'

Both boats were safely tied up at the Aith Pier by 11.40am.


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