Queensferry RNLI assist five people stranded on islands, on the Firth of Forth

Lifeboats News Release

Queensferry RNLI were called out in back-to-back calls for three people, including a broken down speed boat experiencing a loss of power stranded on Incholm Island, and two people stranded on Cramond Island.

The Jimmie Cairncross RNLI Lifeboat approaching the casualty vessel at Inchcolm Island

RNLI/Julie Dominguez

The Jimmie Cairncross RNLI Lifeboat approaching the casualty vessel at Inchcolm Island

On 3 July at 4.01pm, Queensferry RNLI were alerted to a broken down speed boat with three persons on board at Inchcolm Island. The weather was overcast with good visibility and F4/5 easterly winds.

At 4.35pm the Jimmie Cairncross lifeboat arrived on scene. The speed boat had been assisted by Historic Scotland employees on the island to secure the vessel alongside the harbour wall. The volunteer crew established that all on board the vessel were well, and all were wearing buoyancy aids.

Once an assessment of the situation had been conducted, the lifeboat crew established a tow line and proceeded to tow the vessel and its crew back to Port Edgar, and handed over to the local Coastguard team.

Whilst the crew were returning to the Hawes Pier, at 6.30pm, the volunteers were given a new tasking to two persons stranded on Cramond Island where they had been cut off by the tide.

The lifeboat arrived at the island and quickly located the two casualties, established they were both well, and boarded them onto the lifeboat. Jimmie Cairncross, its crew and casualties proceeded to Cramond Harbour where they met the local Coastguard team for a safe handover.

The RNLI charity lifeboat and its volunteer crew headed back to the station at the Hawes Pier, recovered the lifeboat, washed her down, refuelled, and was made ready for service again at 7.55pm.

If you do get into difficulty or see anyone in trouble at sea, call 999 or use VHF Channel 16 and ask for the Coastguard.

ENDS

Photo credit

The attached photo shows Queensferry RNLI lifeboat Jimmie Cairncross on scene approaching the casualty vessel at Inchcolm Island.

Notes to editors

Queensferry RNLI is based on the Hawes Pier, Queensferry EH30 9TB. The lifeboat station was founded in 1967 and the volunteer crew use an inshore Atlantic 85 B-Class lifeboat Jimmie Cairncross.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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