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Longhope RNLI launch in search for paddleboarders

Lifeboats News Release

Longhope RNLI were requested to launch yesterday evening (Wednesday 16 August 2023) at 9:15pm to search for two missing paddleboarders in Widewall Bay, South Ronaldsay.

Mary Harris

Longhope RNLI lifeboat leaving Longhope pier last night

Upon arrival at the given location, the Longhope RNLI lifeboat crew were informed that they were searching for a family of 3 to 4 people. The lifeboat conducted a search of the area and were later joined by the Coastguard SAR helicopter based at Shetland.

The lifeboat was soon stood down as the casualties had been located safely ashore and well. The lifeboat returned back to the station to be made ready for next service.

Trainee Coxswain, Scott Johnston, said: ‘We had a great and speedy response from the crew who worked well as a team during the search. Thankfully the sea conditions were good as we were working in the dark using the searchlight.’

The volunteer crew at Longhope had been undergoing a casualty care course during the day before the shout that evening. Karen Mackensie, a crew member from Thurso RNLI, was also on the course and attended the shout with Longhope RNLI - her first shout!

Notes to editors

· Longhope lifeboat station has been operating since 1874. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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