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Kirkwall RNLI launch twice in 24 hours

Lifeboats News Release

Kirkwall RNLI launched on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 May - two times in 24 hours.

RNLI/Terry Mooney

Kirkwall Severn class lifeboat Margaret Foster 17-13.

Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat was launched on Sunday 21 May 2023, to assist a casualty at their vessel off Burgh Head Stronsay.

The Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat was launched at 3:06pm and arrived on scene at 3:27pm. The casualty was taken aboard the lifeboat and given immediate medical attention by the lifeboat crew. The lifeboat returned to Kirkwall RNLI Lifeboat Station and transferred to awaiting medical care.

On Monday 22 May, the RNLI Kirkwall lifeboat launched at 1:16pm to take up the the tow of a casualty vessel from North Shapinsay to Shapinsay pier. The casualty vessel was safely moored up at 2pm and the lifeboat returned to the station to be made ready for next service.

Kirkwall RNLI Lifeboat Station will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday 27 May, between 11am and 3pm. The Open Day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the RNLI and its volunteers, and to show your support for the charity that saves lives at sea.

Notes to editors

ยท Kirkwall lifeboat station has been operating since 1972. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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