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Stromness RNLI Escorts Yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness RNLI lifeboat escorted a yacht from Hoy Sound after a member of the public alerted the UK Coastguard to a possible problem.

The lifeboat is buffeting a few 'white horses' as the wind blows over the tide.

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Stromness lifeboat in Hoy Sound
Stromness RNLI lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen, only had to go round the corner from the harbour into Hoy Sound to speak to the skipper of a yacht which had been reported to be in difficulty.

The yachtsman assured the crew he was OK so he was escorted into Stromness harbour as a courtesy.

A Stromness RNLI spokesman said 'It is better safe than sorry and thanks go to the member of the public who reported his concerns by dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard'

The whole incident had taken less than half and hour. The lifeboat was launched only four minutes after the pager alert as the crew were still in the changing room having just returned from exercise.

Notes to editors

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