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Relieved Yachtsman towed home by Stromness RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On a beautiful, calm late evening, close to the longest day, the Stromness RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew went to assist a lone yachtsman whose propeller had become fouled in a creel rope.

View, into the sunset, through the wheelhouse door, of the casualty yacht being towed home by the lifeboat

RNLI/Richard Clubley

A slow tow home
The sea was flat but the casualty vessel was perilously close to rocks at the Brough of Birsay, in the north-west corner of Orkney. Violet Dorothy and Kathleen was launched at 9:30pm on 24 June 2023.

Birsay was soon reached and a much relieved skipper was taken under tow after the creel rope was cut free, the propeller was still fouled however. At a steady 7kts the lifeboat and yacht reached Stromness marina by 12:30am. There was still a bit of light left in the sky.

The skipper was very appreciative of the service rendered by the Stromness RNLI crew. The shout was reported on our facebook page and over 700 people liked the post, along with quite a number who took the trouble to comment on the job. In a small town such as Stromness, it is a massive boost to the crew to know that they are deeply appreciated and their efforts valued by townsfolk.

Notes to editors

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