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Stromness RNLI volunteers respond to EPIRB signal

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness RNLI Lifeboat Station were tasked by HM Coastguard to search for an EPIRB that had fallen from a vessel in the harbour this week.

Two, yellow-clad volunteers, wearing white helmets operating a small RIB in the harbour

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Stromness RNLI Y-boat exercising in Stromness Harbour
At 10am on Thursday 23 November 2023, Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew was paged and asked to search for an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) accidentally fallen over-board from a vessel moored in the harbour, only a few yards from the lifeboat's own berth.

The crew deployed the Y-boat (the small RIB carried on-board) and searched round piers and other vessels and soon found the device.
EPIRBs are not fixed to vessels, being designed to float free in the event of a sinking. On contact with water they start emitting a signal which can be picked up by the coastguard, enabling them to organise a rescue. The lifeboat or helicopter can then be directed, directly, to the casualty's position. EPIRBS can also be activated manually to alert to any other emergency.

Happily, no one was in danger on this occasion, but the system got a good workout. Thanks to the Stromness RNLI volunteers for their help.

Notes to editors

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