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Stromness lifeboat assists family on a weekend outing

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat was called to assist a family of three when their boat engine failed below West Mainland cliffs in Orkney.

Stromness lifeboat

RNLI/Stromness

Stromness lifeboat
The Violet Dorothy and Kathleen crew were paged at 2.45pm on Saturday 7 May for the first call out of 2022 to go to the assistance of a family taking their boat out for a pleasure trip for the first time this year. When the engine stalled, and could not be re-started, the skipper also found he could not start the back-up.

The lifeboat soon had them under tow and back to Stromness Marina and into the care of the coastguard.

The lifeboat was re-fuelled and ready for service again by 4pm. Great praise should go to the Stromness volunteers: seven crew attended and had the boat at sea within five minutes of the pagers sounding.

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