On Tuesday 27 July, RNLI Longhope volunteer crew were paged at 12:50pm by the UK Coastguard in response to an emergency radio beacon (EPIRB) alert near Hoxa.
The Helen Comrie was launched at approximately 1pm and quickly headed to the vicinity of the beacon; however, the volunteer crew were stood down shortly after arrival on the scene when the EPIRB was located and the alert confirmed as accidental.
Having confirmed that no one was in danger, the volunteer crew returned to Longhope pier, arriving at 2.15pm, where the
Helen Comrie was refuelled and made ready for service once again.
RNLI volunteer crews are always ready to attend when there may be someone in distress on or near the water. I am happy to report that, on this occasion, it turned out to be a accidental alarm call.
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