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Kirkwall RNLI launch in high winds to assist yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Kirkwall RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched on Sunday morning (20 November) in high winds to assist a yacht with a fouled propeller.

Kirkwall severn class lifeboat Margaret Foster 17-13.

RNLI/Terry Mooney

Kirkwall Severn class lifeboat Margaret Foster 17-13.

The volunteer crew swiftly assembled at Kirkwall harbour and launched at 11.42am, having been contacted by the Shetland Coastguard. They reached the the casualty at 11.50am and a tow rope was attached to safely tow the yacht to Kirkwall.

Once the yacht had been secured, the RNLI lifeboat Severn class, Margaret Foster, returned to berth, was refuelled and once again ready for service.

Stewart Ryrie, RNLI Kirkwall Coxswain said: 'Our volunteer crews are trained to save lives at sea in all weathers, we’d advice anyone in an emergency to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.'

Notes to editors

· Kirkwall lifeboat station has been operating since 1972. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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