Forty five rescued from stranded ferry

Lifeboats News Release

This afternoon, RNLI Longhope volunteer crew were tasked with assisting in the evacuation of passengers from Pentland Ferries’ MV Alfred which had run aground on the Island of Swona.

MV Alfred from Longhope Lifeboat the Helen Comrie

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Alfred in sight
Longhope Tamar Class lifeboat Helen Comrie was quickly at the scene and was soon joined by The Taylors, the Severn Class boat from RNLI Thurso.

Forty five somewhat shaken passengers and - to the surprise of the crew - one pet snake, were safely transferred to St Margaret’s Hope onboard the Helen Comrie. The MV Alfred was, thankfully, able to be refloated and was escorted home by The Taylors, with the rest of the passengers remaining onboard.



Passenger transfer in progress

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Passenger transfer in progress
Alongside the MV Alfred

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Alongside the MV Alfred

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