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RNLI Charles Lidbury goes to aid of stranded family!

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Aith Lifeboat Charles Lidbury was launched at approximately 7:15 pm on 03 July 2018, tasked to go and help two people who were stranded on the isle of Uyea, which is at the far north of Shetland.

Scene of the rescue at Uyea isle.

RNLI/John Robertson

Scene of rescue at Uyea isle.

One member of the family had taken the others ashore, from their boat, in the afternoon, using a small dinghy to get them to the beach.

However, when they tried to return to their boat later on in the day, the dinghy had capsized several times, due to the building waves. It had therefore been impossible for the woman and child, who were still on the beach, to get back to their boat, and they had no other way of getting off the beach, as it was surrounded by cliffs.

On arrival at the scene the lifeboat crew launched the Y boat, with volunteer members Peter Leask and Nick McCaffrey on board, in dry suits. They were able to retrieve the woman and child from the beach and returned them to their own boat.

The family were unhurt by their ordeal, and although cold, they were back on their boat by 8:40 pm and able to make their own way home.

The Charles Lidbury then returned to Aith and was back at the lifeboat station by 9:50 pm approximately.

Around 190 people die in UK and Irish waters each year, and around half of those who drown never intended to get wet.

If you are going out around the coast, remember to check the weather and tide times, and always carry a means of calling for help.
Approaching Uyea isle.

RNLI/John Robertson

Approaching Uyea isle.

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