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RNLI Longhope rescue five from the Pentland Firth

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 9 August, RNLI Longhope volunteer crew were paged and tasked to assist a yacht which was having mechanical problems.

Long distance shot of Yacht Rescue taken from Cantick Head

RNLI/Alan Mackinnon

Long distance shot of Yacht Rescue taken from Cantick Head
The lifeboat was launched at 6.15pm and headed to the Pentland Firth, an often dangerous stretch of water, where the yacht was experiencing difficulties.

On arrival at the scene the lifeboat crew found the yacht, with five people on board, already under tow from a sister boat. 

After careful assessment from the coxswain, the volunteer crew established their own tow with the Helen Comrie and proceeded to Stromness, delivering the yacht safely to Stromness Marina shortly after 9pm.

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