RNLI Lerwick lifeboat called out to emergency distress beacon
Lerwick lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard just before 11.45am today to a report of an emergency beacon activated around 20 nautical miles south-east of the island of Unst.
Coxswain Stephen Manson said: 'Our volunteer crew are always ready to respond to any call to launch and we’re glad that there was no-one in distress on this occasion.
'Emergency beacons can quickly direct a search and rescue operation to the exact location of any incident. We’d encourage any boat owners to check the service status and registration details of any beacons on board. And if they don’t have a beacon, they should consider getting one – emergency beacons at sea can save lives.'
The RNLI has information on how to call for help at sea, including details of EPIRBs and Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) at: https://rnli.org/safety/how-to-call-for-help-at-sea
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