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Aith RNLI tow small boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Aith’s volunteer lifeboat crew were called out on Tuesday evening to assist a small hobby fishing vessel which had broken down off the west side of Shetland.


Under tow into West Burrafirth
An under 10 metre boat raised the alarm with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after losing propulsion near West Burrafirth, and – drifting closer into the coast – the situation began to require rescue intervention.

By deploying makeshift drogues, the owner of the small vessel had been able to slow the boat’s drift whilst RNLI volunteers came to the rescue aboard Aith’s Severn class lifeboat Charles Lidbury.

The small fishing boat was taken under tow and safely returned to port in West Burrafirth, where members of the Walls Coastguard Rescue Team assembled to assist with securing the rescued vessel.


Note to editors

Aith lifeboat station has been operating for over 80 years, and is the most northerly in the UK. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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