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Stromness RNLI volunteers free Tangled Propeller

Lifeboats News Release

Stromness lifeboat was called on Wednesday 20 October to attend a motor boat with its propeller fouled in a creel rope.

The lifeboat at full speed passing Hoy High Lighthouse, Graemsay, Orkney

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Violet Dorothy and Kathleen in Scapa Flow
The crew of RNLB Violet Dorothy and Kathleen deployed the Y-boat and found the casualty vessel anchored to the seabed by the weight of creels on the end of the buoy rope.

They were able to cut it free and re-buoy the rope with very little disturbance to the creels. The casualty vessel's engine was re-started and she proceeded under her own steam. Many thanks to the lifeboat volunteers for this service.

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