Midnight call for Stromness RNLI Volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers of Stromness Lifeboat crew were paged at 11pm last night to search for a person reported missing along the West Mainland cliffs.

A picture of the Stromness RNLI lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen


The Stromness RNLI lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen
The crew of Stromness lifeboat Violet Dorothy and Kathleen was paged at 11:08pm yesterday (Sunday 12 June) to help search for a person reported missing in the Marwick Head / Brough of Birsay area of the cliffs along the west side of Orkney Mainland.

They were joined by the Coastguard helicopter and local shore teams. After searching for almost three hours, a casualty was located on the shore and the lifeboat stood down at 1:45am today (Monday 13 June). She was back on her berth, fuelled and ready for service by 2:50am. Many thanks to all the crews involved for their efforts.

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