RNLI Longhope Lifeboat advise BBC on dangers of Pentland Firth
Planned row across the Pentland Firth in reconstructed Neolithic boat
The BBC is in the process of creating a three part series about prehistoric Orkney with reference to it's archaeology, environment and wildlife.
Part of this project will involve the reconstruction of a Neolithic boat and eventually it is planned to row this prehistoric boat across the Pentland Firth. To prepare for this journey the BBC joined Longhope lifeboat to discuss with the lifeboat crew members the tidal currents and seafaring challenges that the crew of the reconstructed boat may have to deal with.
Lifeboat Coxswain, Kevin Kirkpatrick and Deputy Coxswain, Angus Budge also advised them on the power of the water, speed of the tides, particular aspects of different currents and the pros and cons of various routes to take, in order to reach Scotland.
This is a serious and possibly dangerous venture which the RNLI does not endorse. However Longhope lifeboat crew members offered advice on how to stay safe and what to do if they get into trouble and above all to Respect the Water.
It was great to meet the film crew, Jamie and Tom and the awesome presenter Shini Somara and we wish them a safe and successful crossing in their reconstructed Neolithic boat. Rest assured Longhope lifeboat and the volunteer crew are on standby at any time, day or night.
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