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Small boat successfully towed to safety

Lifeboats News Release

The Aith Lifeboat was called out early on Tuesday morning after a local fishing boat suffered engine problems to the west of Shetland.


Safely under tow in to Scalloway
Lifeboat volunteers left Aith on board the RNLI Charles Lidbury soon after being alerted at 0900, steaming to an area 5 miles north of Foula to assist the 10 metre creel boat that had broken down. The lifeboat crew, having assessed the situation, decided to tow the stricken vessel into Scalloway Harbour - with no other boats nearby to offer assistance.

The creel boat, with one crew member on board, was towed safely back into port by 1315. After a welcome delivery of Cornerstone fish and chips, the RNLI crew made their way back to base in Aith - tying up there again by 1500.

Aith Lifeboat Deputy Coxswain Robbie Anderson, commented that the creel boat had done the right thing in calling for assistance.

"Our volunteer RNLI crew all performed their duties perfectly, resulting in a textbook towing operation and an efficient call out."

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