Stromness Lifeboat tows RIB to safety.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of RNLI Stromness lifeboat responded, yesterday, to flares seen fired from Hoy Sound.

The lifeboat is towing the RIB past the Hamnavoe car ferry seen moored on the right

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Violet Dorothy and Kathleen towing RIB into harbour
The Violet Dorothy and Kathleen was quickly on scene and took the Stromness Navigation School RIB under tow from her position at anchor west of Graemsay.

Hoy Sound has strong tidal currents at that location so it is no place for a small boat to be hanging about. The whole incident was over in under and hour with the RIB delivered safely back to the marina.

The engine failed in spite of regular and professional maintenance so will not now be returned to service until fully investigated and repaired.

Mark Shiner of the School expressed his deep appreciation for the quick and efficient help of the RNLI volunteer crew. Thanks echoed by the RIB crew.
RIB being towed with island of Graemsay visible behind

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Violet Dorothy and Kathleen towing the RIB through Hoy Sound. Graemsay in the background

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