Bright and Breezy Shout for Stromness RNLI Volunteer Crew

Lifeboats News Release

There were plenty of 'white horses' in Scapa Flow when Stromness lifeboat headed across to assist a yacht crew contending with a dragging anchor.

Lifeboat speeding through 'white horses' in Scapa Flow

David Sinclair

Violet Dorothy and Kathleen in Scapa Flow
The Stromness lifeboat volunteer crew launched Violet Dorothy and Kathleen and crossed Scapa Flow to St Margaret's Bay where a yacht skipper had reported the anchor dragging and heading the boat into danger.

The lifeboat was paged yesterday (Friday) at 3:04pm and was at sea eight minutes later. On arrival the crew found that local help had resolved the problem and the yacht was safely moored at Albert Pier, St Margaret's Hope.

A spokesperson said: 'The RNLI would far rather be called out and not be needed than have a simple problem turn into tragedy. If you find yourself in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble, you should call 999 and ask for the coastguard.'

The lifeboat was back on her berth, fuelled and ready for service by 5pm.

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