RNLI Longhope comes to the aid of fogbound divers

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Longhope volunteer crew were paged today at 2.49pm and all weather lifeboat Helen Comrie was launched approximately ten minutes later.

RNLI/Andy Fellows

The Longhope lifeboat proceeded towards a location near Stanger Head, Flotta, where the skipper of a dive boat had requested assistance. Fog had descended rapidly and he was concerned for the safety of eleven divers due to return to the surface imminently.

On reaching the location, the Longhope volunteer crew stood by and ensured that all divers were safely out of the water before returning to Longhope Pier at 3.42pm.

Lifeboat coxswain Kevin Kirkpatrick said, “The skipper did absolutely the right thing in calling for assistance. Visibility was extremely poor and divers can be disorientated and vulnerable in these conditions.”

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