Thurso and Longhope RNLI lifeboats involved in rescue of passengers from Ferry
Thurso RNLI Lifeboat The Taylors was launched on Tuesday 5 July, at 2.26pm in response to the report of a passenger ferry running aground on the island of Swona in The Pentland Firth. The Taylors arrived on scene at 3.05pm to find the 85 meter catamaran Pentland Ferries vessel, MV Alfred aground
Under escort from Thurso and Longhope lifeboats, the ferry then made its way to St Margaret’s Hope where it docked at the pier. The Taylors volunteer coxswain Gordon Munro took the lifeboat along side the ferry and four casualty care trained RNLI crew members boarded the MV Alfred to assist Scottish Ambulance Service staff attend to injured passengers.
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