Stromness RNLI attend grounded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness Lifeboat Station attended a yacht aground on Peter Skerry in Scapa Flow on Thursday (23 June).

Two crew members wearing helmets speeding along in the Y-boat

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Exercising with the Y-boat off Stromness harbour recently
The submerged rocks that lie between Houton Head, in Scape Flow, and Stromness Harbour, are a hazard to vessels, especially deeper draughted ones and at low water.

The RNLI Stromness lifeboat, Violet Dorothy and Kathleen, was soon on the scene after being launched at 12:57pm. The crew used the Y-boat to pull the casualty vessel clear, with no apparent damage.

Crew member Alan Anderson stayed on board the yacht to assist with the short, onward passage into Stromness.

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