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RNLI Charles Lidbury called out to go to the aid of fish carrier

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Aith lifeboat Charles Lidbury was requested to launch at 05:12am on Saturday 24th February, by Shetland Coastguard, to go to the aid of the Norwegian registered fish carrier Migdale.

Migdale under tow in rough seas

RNLI/John Robertson

Migdale under tow

The Migdale had encountered propulsion problems, and was drifting, when met by the lifeboat, at around five nautical miles north east of the isle of Foula.

Crew engineer John Robertson said ‘The conditions were rough, with a swell up to seven metres, but we managed to get a tow connected at the first attempt.’

The RNLI Charles Lidbury then towed the Migdale to Aith, where she will anchor offshore to wait for a tug.

Migdale under tow

RNLI/John Robertson

Migdale under tow
Migdale under tow

RNLI/John Robertson

Migdale under tow

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