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Longhope RNLI called to the aid of potential casualty near the island of Swona

Lifeboats News Release

Longhope RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew were paged at 2.19pm in response to a sighting, made from the Pentalina ferry, of what appeared to be a parachute lying to the north west of the island of Swona.

RNLI Longhope Helen Comrie

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Helen Comrie

Lifeboat Helen Comrie was swiftly launched. On reaching the often trecherous waters around the island, the crew made a thorough search of the area and located the feature responsible for the callout. Two members of the crew went ashore and were able to confirm that this was the body of a sperm whale which had beached some time ago and was in a state of some decomposition.


The vital work of saving lives at sea relies on the public alerting the UK Coastguard whenever the assistance of a lifeboat may be needed and the RNLI volunteer crew at Longhope are always ready to respond. On this occasion, they were thankfully able to return quickly home and their lifesaving skills were not required.


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For more information please contact Andy Fellows, 07464 962300 andy.longhope@mail.com, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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