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Thurso and Longhope RNLI lifeboats involved in rescue of passengers from Ferry

Lifeboats News Release

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


MV Alred aground island of Swona
Longhope Tamar Class lifeboat Helen Comrie went alongside the ferry and 45 passengers including young children were transferred to the Lifeboat. The Taylors was then alongside the ferry preparing to evacuate the remaining passengers, when the MV Alfred refloated itself.
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.

Passengers on board Helen Crombie were let ashore at St Margaret’s Hope and checked over by Scottish Ambulance Service and local Coastguard teams.

The Taylors left St Margaret’s Hope at 4.45pm and arrived back at Scrabster at 6pm.

The lifeboat was refuelled, cleaned and made ready for service at 6.40pm.

RNLI/Graham Campbell

MV Alfred aground Swona

RNLI/Graham Campbell

Thurso and Longhope Lifeboats escorting MV Alfred

Bruce Flett

Thurso Lifeboat alongside MV Alfred

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