Stromness RNLI stood-by boats

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness Lifeboat was paged late at night to assisit a crabber with engine problems not far from the harbour.

On Monday 25th October the volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen, was paged at 22:00 to go to the aid of a crabber with engine problems in Hoy Sound.

Hoy Sound is the strongly tidal stream connecting Scapa Flow in the west with the open Atlantic. It is a difficult place to be at the best of times and certainly no place to be with engine trouble. The casualty's sister boat was standing by and when the lifeboat arrived a few minutes later the crew of the crabber had managed to re-start the engine. Violet Dorothy and Kathleen stood by whilst the two boats made it safely back to harbour.

With a tide of several knots, a poor night and rocks all around it would have been only too easy for a drifting boat to run aground. Imagine the relief when the lifeboat arrived.

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