Kirkwall RNLI Lifeboat called to grounded ferry

Lifeboats News Release

The Kirkwall RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched Friday night (11 November 2022) to assist a ferry which had ran aground at Westray.

Kirkwall RNLI Lifeboat and Ferry


Kirkwall RNLI Lifeboat and Ferry

The lifeboat swiftly launched at 18.23 along with casualty care trained crew to assist the casualty vessel. Upon arrival the ferry had managed to refloat and was able to continue its approach to Rapness Pier on the island of Westray.

Once the ferry had safely reached the pier the Severn class Margaret Foster returned to Kirkwall for refuelling and was once again ready for service.

Kevin Ryrie, Kirkwall RNLI Coxswain said “Our crews are trained to deal with all situations. We'd advise anyone in an emergency to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard."

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