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Aith RNLI lifeboat Roger and Joy Freeman tows yacht to safety

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Roger and Joy Freeman was called out at approximately 9:47am, on Saturday 29 July, to attend the Leona, a yacht which had reported engine problems.

Photo shows yacht being towed to safety.

RNLI/Liz Boxwell

Photo shows yacht being towed to safety.

The voluntary crew arrived at the 14metre yacht, which was drifting just off Hamnavoe, at Papa Stour, and proceeded to connect a tow. They then towed the vessel to West Burrafirth, and the yacht tied up there.

The lifeboat then made its way back to the station at Aith, returning around 1pm.

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