Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat rescued the men amid strong tides and swells on Wednesday

The RNLI spent eight hours rescuing three

men from their grounded boat on Wednesday afternoon.

Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat went to the scene of

the three men after receiving a message that a vessel had run aground on rocks

in strong tides.

The lifeboat and her crew launched at 4pm

and arrived near the scene just before 4.30pm.

The vessel had gone aground on Seal skerry

off Eday and was lying over to one side with the tide pushing her onto the


The lifeboat was unable to get close enough

to help so an inflatable craft was sent to investigate.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “As the boat was

not taking water at this time it was decided to leave the three crew aboard to

monitor the condition of the hull.”

Assistance was sought from another local

vessel and the boats waited until the tide rose sufficiently to refloat the

casualty vessel off the skerry.

At around 6.30pm the three crew could be

transferred onto the lifeboat.

Finally, just after 10pm, the stranded boat

had been raised enough by the rising tide for a tow off to be attempted and the

crew placed back on board. 

Once they’d checked that there were no signs of

water ingress, the crew restarted the engine and made their way to Pierowall

under the escort of two lifeboats.

After returning to their station and refueling, Kirkwall RNLI was readt for service again at 12.10am.

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