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Longhope RNLI lifeboat comes to the rescue of grounded creel boat

Lifeboats News Release

Longhope lifeboat volunteer crew were paged today at 11.43am and the lifeboat was quickly launched to assist a local creel boat whose propeller had fouled, causing it to lose power and run aground at Crockness.

Helen Comrie leaving Longhope pier 30/09/2019

RNLI/Mary Harris

Leaving Longhope Pier
All-weather lifeboat Helen Comrie was on the scene at 11.58am and, due to shallow water, the Y-boat was immediately launched to assess the situation. The Y-boat was quickly able to help establish a tow to the stricken vessel from the lifeboat and the creel boat was towed from danger.


Once the vessel was out of immediate danger, the tow was transferred to a local dive boat, which had been standing by to assist, enabling the lifeboat to return to Longhope pier and refuel at 1.15pm.

This was the first shout for new volunteer crew members Ros Ware and Derick Pearson who joined and began training earlier this year.

Coxswain Kevin Kirkpatrick said 'There are big tides at the moment and it was ebbing fast, so the rescue of this boat & crew needed to be achieved quickly. RNLI training and expertise are key to effective, safe action in rapidly developing situations like this.'

Creel boat grounded at Crockness

RNLI/Mary Harris

Creel boat grounded at Crockness
Rescue in Progress 30/09/2019 - hazy conditions

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Rescue in Progress 30/09/2019 - hazy conditions

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