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Early morning launch for RNLI Longhope Lifeboat

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Yacht in trouble alerts UK Coastguard for assistance

Lifeboat approaches stricken yacht in heavy swell

RNLI/Screen grab from video by volunteer Crew Member Colin Bates

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat reaches yacht needing assistance

Today, April 27 2017 at 06.22, RNLI Longhope lifeboat crew members were paged to launch by UK Coastguard. Despite the early hour the lifeboat was away within 13 minutes.

It took over an hour to reach the stricken vessel which was located about seven miles east of Orkney. Sea conditions were poor and deteriorating with a heavy swell and northerly winds gusting 28mph.

The 10 metre yacht Cloud Nine was on passage from Inverness to Kirkwall and had become disabled by partially jammed steering. She carried four crew members and unfortunately one had become unwell in the rough seas. The lifeboat established a tow and headed to the more sheltered waters off Copinsay.

After a tow of four hours the lifeboat delivered the yacht safely to Kirkwall Marina, then headed home and was back at station, refuelled and ready again for service at 15.45.



Lifeboat approaches stricken yacht in heavy swell

RNLI/RNLI/Screen grab from video by volunteer Crew Member Colin Bates

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat reaches yacht needing assistance
Safely alongside lifeboat the yacht is towed into Kirkwall harbour

RNLI/Graham Campbell

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat assists yacht into Kirkwall harbour

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