The Stromness RNLI lifeboat has performed the following services since 20th October 2003.

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Thursday 3rd August 2017

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 19:08 to assist a yacht that was taking on water. The vessel was approximately 13 miles sough-west of Hoy Sound. On arrival at the vessel, members of the crew brough a salvage pump aboard. THe lifeboat began towing back to Stromness Harbour, where it then stood by to drain remaining water.

Saturday 15th July 2017

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 05:38 after reports of a vehicle going over the cliffs at Yesnaby. On arrival at the scene, the Y-boat and lifeboat began a search of the area. A vehicle was located in deep water out of reach of the crew. A search was then carried out on the surrounding cliffs and beaches with nothing found. The lifeboat returned to Stromness and refuelled and made ready for service by 09:00.

Tuesday 4th July 2017

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 04:21 and tasked by the coastguard to search for an Emergency Position Indicating Beacon (EPIRB) that was broadcasting inside of Scapa Flow. After several hours searching, it was discovered to be broadcasting from a shed on the outskirts od Stromness and was deactivated. The lifeboat returned to harbour and was refuelled and ready for launch by 09:50.

Monday 26th May 2017

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 14:30 and tasked by the coastguard to proceed to Yesnaby after reports of a person falling into the water from the cliff top. The lifeboat left its berth at 14:38, arrived on the scene at 14:45, and launched the inflatable Y boat. The Coastguard had a person on the clifftop who directed the Y boat to the casualty who was then taken aboard and transferred to the main lifeboat. The lifeboat immediately set off for Stromness and  collected a Coastguard paramedic who was lowered from a helicopter off the Black Craig. The lifeboat returned to Stromness Harbour a few minutes later and was met by the Coastguard and medical teams.

Wednesday 17th May 2017

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 18:03 and tasked by the coastguard to proceed towards Scapa Beach where there was person reported to be in danger near to the west side of the beach.  The lifeboat left its berth at 18:11 and proceeded in bright and calm sea conditions towards Scapa Beach. At 18:35 the Coastguard called to say that the incident was resolved and that the lifeboat was no longer needed. The lifeboat headedback to Stromness and was back on its mooring, refuelled and ready for service at 19:20.

Thursday 29th December 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 10:48 to go to the assistance of a sick diver in Scapa Flow. The lifeboat left its berth at 10:57 and transferred the casualty from the dive boat at 11:13. The crew rendered first aid and the lifeboat arrived back in Stromenss Harbour at 11:28, where a doctor was waiting to transfer the casualty to an ambulance for a check-up. He was given the 'all clear'. 

Monday 24th October 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 09:11 to help bring a diver back to Stromness for medical treatment. Just as the lifeboat reached the Stromness harbour entrance, the Coastguard called to say that the dive boat was diverting to Houton where a medical team would be waiting, and the lifeboat crew were stood down. The lifeboat returned to its berth.

Wednesday 19th October 2016

The Stromness lifeboat crew were paged but were told they were no longer required to go to sea, shortly after the lifeboat had already left its berth. The lifeboat returned to its berth.

Thursday 29th September 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew were paged at 18.20 the previous evening to go to the aid of a 27 metre fishing vessel which had lost engine power 12 miles west of Noup Head on Westray. The lifeboat left the harbour at 6.30pm and headed west out of Hoy sound into winds forecast at Force 7-8. 

The conditions were too rough for the lifeboat to tow the much larger fishing boat, so at 7.20pm the Coastguard asked the Emergency Towing Vessel, Coastguard Tug Heracles to join the operation. The Orkney Registered fishing vessel Keila had left Scrabster and was also en route to the scene to help with the towing operation.

The Stromness lifeboat arrived at the disabled fishing vessel at 8.15pm after a rough passage at reduced speed. The Coastguard asked the lifeboat to stand-by the fishing vessel until the larger towing vessels arrived. At 11.00pm the Heracles arrived on the scene and was joined shortly afterwards by the Keila. The Keila attached a wire tow to the disabled vessel and began the tow. The Coastguard then asked the lifeboat to return to Stromness. Shortly afterwards the tow broke and the Heracles took over the towing operation. They travelled through Westray Firth, east of Shapinsay and into Kirkwall Bay.

The Stromness lifeboat returned at reduced speed to make sure it didn't arrive at the entrance to Hoy Sound in dangerous conditions with full ebb ride against westerly wind and swell. The lifeboat passed close to the north shore of Graemsay and entered Stromness Harbour at 03.45 am. It was fuelled and ready for service shortly afterwards.

Tuesday 6th September 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged at 09:35 by the Coastguard to go to the Brough of Birsay to collect two people stranded by the tide, one of whom was blind. The lifeboat left harbour at 09:42 and arrived at the Brough of Birsay at 10:25. The sea conditions were evaluated in consulations with the coastguard and they were considered too dangerous for the small Y boat to bring the two persons back, who were in no immediate danger.

Instead the crew went through breaking surf over the rocks in the Y boat to reach the shore. They spoke to the stranded people who were happy to remain on the Brough and wait for low water. The crew left them with food and water and returned in the Y boat to the lifeboat. The lifeboart headed home at 11:10 and was berthed in Stromness Harbour at 12:10, refuelled and returned to station. 

Wednesday 31st August 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged at 04:45 by the Coastguard and requested to assist the yacht Vamoose which had run aground on the Stromness side of the outer Holm at the entrance to Stromness Harbour. The crew launched the inflatable Y boat and took a tow line to the yacht which was quickly towed off the shallows and into the Stromness Marina. No visible damage was sustained by the yacht and the sinble crew member was unharmed.

Wednesday 17th August 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged at 23:34 by the Coastguard and requested to attend an incident at the cliff at Yesnaby, on the west coast of Orkney Mainland. The lifeboat left its berth at 23:45 and was barely at the harbour entrance when the Coastguard called to say that the person was no longer in danger and that the lifeboat was no longer needed. The Stromness Lifeboat then returned to its berth. 

Saturday 6th August 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged at 11:38 by the Coastguard after a report from the shore that 4 people had become marooned at high water on the Brough of Birsay. The lifeboat left the berth at 11:45 and headed north. The conditions were good with a calm sea. The lifeboat’s inflatable Y boat was launched and did two runs from the Brough of Birsay to mainland Orkney with the standed persons. The Stromness Lifeboat then returned to harbour at 13:40. 

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged at 08:27 by the Coastguard after a report of a vessel in distress. The lifeboat left the berth at 08:37. The mayday call had been relayed to the coastguard from a vessel earlier in the morning and the Coastguard asked the Stromness lifeboat to join other lifeboats in the search for a vessel in distress.

A search was initally conducted from the Bay of Ireland to Scapa Bay and onto Holm. This was followed with a search from Lyness up the coast of Hoy to Moaness. Finally the lifeboat search from Burra Sound to the Kame of Hoy and back through Hoy Sound along the North Coast of Graemsay.

The Coastguard asked the Stromness Lifeboat to return to station at 10:45 having completed it search with nothing found.

Monday 20th June 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged at 20:45 by the Coastguard after a report of a people in the water. The lifeboat left the berth at 20:54. The lifeboat went west about Orkney mainland and east through Eynhallow Sound and joined the Kirkwall Lifeboat which was assisting a 32 foot sailing yacht which had got into trouble a mile southwest of Stronsay when it had broken its forestay whch left the mast unsupported. 

Just after 22:00 the Kirkwall lifeboat radioed to say that they were about to enter The String, and asked the Stromness lifeboat to keep close by. All missing people had been accounted for. 

As the lifeboats approached Kirkwall Harbour, the Stromness lifeboat transferred two crew onto the Kirwall lifeboat to help bring the yacht alongside and moor the yacht in the Kirkwall Marina where they were met by a Coastguard team. At 23:30 the Stromness lifeboat left Kirkwall for the trip back Stromness Harbour,  where it arrived at 00:50 and was ready for service by 01:15.


Monday 30th May 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged just before 22:00 by the Coastguard after reports of a person in the water in Stromness harbour were received. The crew readied the lifeboat and inflatable tender and were about to leave the berth when the person was reported safely out of the water.

Two crew with first aid equipment went to join the Police, Fire Brigade and other helpers giving assistance until the Ambulance arrived to take the casualty to hospital for a checkup.

Monday 18th April 2016

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged at 08:00 this morning by the Coastguard who requested its launch to go to the assistance of the fishing vessel Apollo which had lost a man overboard 30 miles northwest of Orkney. 

The lifeboat left Stromness Harbour at 08:20 and encountered heavy breaking seas in Hoy Sound. The winds were westerly in direction, force 7 to 8.

After steaming northwest at reduced speed, the lifeboat was stood down by the Coastguard at 09:00 THe fishing boat and the Coastguerd helicopter continued the search.

The Stromness lifeboat returned to Stromness at 09:45 and wass fuelled up and readied for service by 10:10. 

Sunday 29th November 2015

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged at 05:00 this morning after the Coastguard requested its launch to take a team of Coastguard personnel from Tingwall Pier or Kirkwall to the island of Sanday. They were to join a search ashore for a missing person which also involved the Kirkwall lifeboat working in poor conditions. Just as the Stromness lifeboat had left its berth, the Coastguard radioed the crew to say that the lifeboat was no longer needed as the person had been found. The boat tied up and the crew returned home.

Tuesday 24th November 2015

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged by the Coastguard at 03:30 on Tuesday 24th November to go to the assistance of a disabled 100m long cargo vessel called Skog, about 10 miles west of Westray. The Stromness lifeboat stayed on scene with other rescue vessels and the Coastguard helicopter, supplying a pump via helicopter to the Skog at 10:30. The tug Hercales took the Skog under tow at 10:50. The Stromness lifeboat continued to standby until 11:50 when it was stood down by the Coastguard. The lifeboat returned to station in Stromness Harbour just after 14:30.

Monday 18th August 2015

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged by the Coastguard at 11:11 on Monday 18th August to go to the assistance of a missing diver in Burra Sound between Graemsay and Hoy. The lifeboat arrived at the scene a few minutes later to find that the diver had surfaced by himself and was being recovered by the dive boat. Finding that no medical assistance was required, the lifeboat returned to station in Stromness Harbour.

Tuesday 21st July 2015

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged by the Coastguard at 08:45 on Tuesday 21st July to go to the assistance of the 43 metre sailing yacht Flying Swiss which was suffering mechanical problems to the Northwest of Rousay. The lifeboat arive at the casualty at 09:50 and took them in tow back to Stromness shortly afterwards. The lifebat arrived back in Stromness at 12:30.

Thursday 9th July 2015

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged by the Coastguard at 23:15 on Friday 9th July to go to the assistance of the 23 metre sailing yacht Rona 2 which had lost its steering 5 miles NW of Brough Head on the west coast of Orkney mainland. and the Stromness lifeboat was able to return to station. The sailing boat was escorted through Hoy Sound and into Stromness Harbour utilising its emergency steering gear. The lifeboat was back on station at 02:00.

Friday 27th February 2015/Saturday 28th February 2015

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was paged by the Coastguard at 21:50 on Friday night to go to the assistance of the fishing vessel Aquarius whose gear box had failed to the north of Noup Head, Westray. The callout involved a lengthy towing operation lasting until 07:45 on Saturday morning, when the tow was taken over by the fishing boat Discovery, and the Stromness lifeboat was able to return to station.

Sunday 4th January 2015

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat rejoined the search and rescue operation, heading round the West of Hoy. Having completed her allocated search pattern, she returned to Stromness Harbour. Nothing was found during her sweep around the coasts of Hoy and South Ronaldsay. 

Saturday 3rd January 2015

The lifeboat crew were paged by the Coastguard this afternoon to join a major search and rescue operation for the crew of an upturned ship found in the eastern approaches to the Pentland Firth. The search involves local lifeboats, Coastguard and other helicopters, plus additional vessels. The search by local lifeboats has been called off for the night but will continue tomorrow.

Monday 15th December 2014.

The lifeboat crew were paged by the Coastguard at 03:00 this morning and the boat left soon after with 7 crew on board. Conditions were again rough with a 30 knot westerly wind and a high swell. The casualty was a ship to the northwest of Westray. The lifeboat was just west of Hoy Sound in poor conditions when at 03:30 it received a call from the Coastguard saying that the ship had said they were not in distress and that they had not knowingly issued a distress call on their VHF DSC radio set. The crew returned to Stromness, refuelled the boat and went home.

Wednesday 10th December 2014  

At 05:51 on 10th December, the crew of the Stromness Lifeboat were paged to go to the aid of a 30m Spanish fishing vessel which had suffered wave damage to its bridge, wiping out their electronics and steering. The casualty issued a mayday about 25 miles northwest of Westray.  The Stromness Lifeboat rendezvoused with the vessel and escorted it to Pierowall Harbour, Westray, in rough seas and high winds.

Tuesday 30th September 2014  

At 18:54 on 30th September, the crew of the Stromness Lifeboat were paged to attend a rescue for a vehicle which had sunk off Copland's Pier in Stromness Harbour.

Monday 18th August 2014

At  11:02 on 18th August, the Stromness lifeboat crew was called out by the Coastguard after reports that a diver was overdue returning from a dive off Graemsay. The diver, however, returned to their vessel before the lifeboat reached the scene. It returned to station in Stromness Harbour.

Wednesday 30th July 2014

At  12:03 on 30th July, the Stromness lifeboat crew was called out by the Coastguard to go to the assistance of a dinghy by the Churchill Barriers at the Eastern end of Scapa Flow. 

As the lifeboat approached Houton it received an update from the Coastguard that the crew of the dinghy had got themselves safely ashore and the lifeboat returned to Stromness.

Thursday/Friday 24th/25th July 2014

At 15:30 on 24th July, the Stromness lifeboat crew was called out by the Coastguard having received a report of a person having thought to have gone over the cliffs at Yesnaby, on the West coast of the Orkney mainland.

A full search grid pattern was laid out and followed but nothing was found and the lifeboat returned to its berth. The following morning at 07:30 the Stromness Lifeboat resumed its search of the West coast for a further three hours but once again, nothing was found.

Sunday 13th July 2014

At 03:30 on 13th July, the Stromness lifeboat crew was called out by the Coastguard having received a report of a DSC alarm ("panic button") having being activated on the VHF panel of a vessel.

The crew was paged and assembled and the lifeboat made ready for departure when the message was received to stand down because it was found that the DSC alarm had been activated accidentally. 

Thursday 3rd July 2014

At 14:15 on 3rd July, the Stromness lifeboat crew was called out by the Coastguard having received a report of a vessel in distress to the West of Stromness. 

The crew was paged and assembled and the lifeboat made ready for departure when the message was received to stand down because fortunately, there was no vessel in distress! 

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

At 16:30 on 2nd July, the Stromness lifeboat was called out by the Coastguard after a yacht in the Stromness Harbour basin was reported dragging its anchor across the harbour during a squall.

In one of the shortest callouts in terms of distance, the Stromness lifeboat the lifeboat went out 100 metres into the harbour from its berth and made fast alongside. The yacht’s anchor was hauled up and the yacht was towed back to the harbour wall.

Saturday 21st June 2014

On the morning of 21st June, the Stromness lifeboat was called out by the Coastguard after receiving a report of an open missing boat. The boat has apparently left Moaness on Hoy at 04:30 bound for Stromness and had not arrived

The Stromness lifeboat was given a search area in which it performed a full search, but nothing was found. Fortunately it was then reported that the boat had in fact not left Moaness after all.

Wednesday 4th June 2014

On 4th June the Stromness lifeboat was called out by the Coastguard to go to the assistance of a yacht caught up in creel ropes off the Old Man of Hoy. 

The Stromness lifeboat passed over a tow rope and brought the boat back to a safe berth in Stromness Harbour.

Tuesday 20th May 2014

At 00:40 on 20th May the Stromness lifeboat was called out by the Coastguard to go to the assistance of a creel boat in Hoy sound. Conditions were misty with a light south-easterly wind.

The vessel with two crew aboard had suffered engine failure in Hoy Sound. When the lifeboat approached, the vessel was close to the Kirk Rock and was being swept in on the last of the flood tide. The Stromness lifeboat passed over a tow rope and brought the boat back to a safe berth in Stromness Harbour at 01:15.

Saturday 15th March 2014

At 13:05 on 15th March the Stromness lifeboat was called out by the Coastguard to assist the evacuation of a casualty requiring medical assistance from the island of Graemsay. Sea conditions in Hoy Sound were calm with a moderate westerly breeze and poor visibility in the mist and drizzle.The lifeboat arrived alongside the Graemsay pier shortly afterwards and two crew with a lifeboat stretcher accompanied the island's First Responders to the casualty's house. The casualty was brought aboard and the Lifeboat returned to Stromness at 13:48. Once alongside the pier in Stromness, the Coastguard and Ambulance teams took the casualty ashore for treatment.

Saturday 1st March 2014

At 17:35 on 1st March the Stromness lifeboat was called out by the Coastguard to assist a charter vessel which had machinery problems close to Peter Skerry in Scapa Flow.  The lifeboat approached the casualty and put a crew member aboard who fastened the tow and cast off the anchor. The boat was then safely towed back to Stromness Harbour.

Saturday 2nd November 2013

At 20:45 on 2nd November the Stromness lifeboat was called out by the Coastguard to assist a 6 metre motorboat in trouble in Scapa Flow. The boat with two crew aboard had suffered engine failure between the Barrel of Butter and the island of Cava. The sea conditions were choppy with a northerly wind gusting over 30 knots. The boat had managed to anchor but was in danger of being swept onto the cliffs on Cava. The lifeboat approached the casualty and put a crew member aboard who fastened the tow and cast off the anchor. The boat was then towed back to Stromness and was met by a Coastguard team who helped to moor her in the shelter of the harbour.​

Friday 25th October 2013

At 06:00 on 25th October,  Stromness lifeboat was tasked by the Coastguard in a search for a person reported missing from the ferry MV Hrossey. The lifeboat steamed from Stromness to the search area between Fair Isle and North Ronaldsay, arriving at about 9am.

The lifeboat joined the ferry Hrossey, two other lifeboats (Kirkwall and Lerwick), two helicopters, two oil supply vessels, a naval vessel and two fishing boats in the search for a reported missing person. The Coastguard gave eachboat individual search patterns to follow.

The lifeboat crew set watches sharing the lookout duties on the upper deck and allowing the crew rest periods. At one stage the crew were hailed by a helicopter who dropped a floating orange smoke signal to mark the location of something they had seen under water. The lifeboat searched the area and found a submerged blue plastic sheet before resuming its main search pattern.

The wind gradually increase to a fresh breeze. Fair Isle was visible in the distance for most of the morning. An alarm alerted the mechanic to low oil pressure on one engine and the lifeboat continued to search with one of its two engines at reduced revs. With the wind increasing and the visibility worsening, the crew completed the search at around 3.30pm before heading for home at reduced speed. Nothing was found during the search.

Due to the sea conditions and the southeasterly wind, the boat set a return course south of North Ronaldsay and Westray then through Westray Firth to Brough Head before heading south in the shelter of the west coast of Orkney mainland toward Stromness.

The Stromness lifeboat covered around 200 nautical miles in 15 hours, arriving home to refuel in Stromness shortly before 9pm.

Sunday 1st September 2013

A​t 01:13 on 1st September, the Coastguard requested the launch of the Stromness lifeboat to assist with a medical emergency on the island of Graemsay.

The lifeboat left Stromness harbour with an ambulance team and coastguard members on board and berthed a few minutes later at Graemsay pier. The medical and coastguard teams went ashore and returned with the casualty who was taken to Stromness and driven to hospital in the waiting ambulance.​

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

At 17:50 on 2 July, the Coastguard requested the launch of the RNLI Stromness Lifeboat to evacuate a three year old child from the island of Graemsay who needed urgent medical attention.

The lifeboat left Stromness Harbour a few minutes later and collected the casualty from the pier at Graemsay. It then returned to Stromness Harbour at 18:13 to meet a waiting Ambulance.

Saturday 22nd June 2013

At 17:00 on 22 June, the Stromness Lifeboat was launched at the request of the Coastguard to assist the tour boat MV Lady Rose which had become entangled with a fish farm marker buoy to the north of Hoy.

The Lady Rose, a converted sailing trawler built in Denmark in 1958, was out on an angling trip in Bring Deeps in Scapa Flow when she caught the line of a marker buoy of a fish farm around her prop. Her engine stopped suddenly and she made a call to the Coastguard.

The lifeboat was launched and was on the scene a few minutes later. The crew of the lifeboat launched their inflatable boat and cut the Lady Rose free.

The Lady Rose was towed back to her berth in Stromness Harbour.

Sunday 26th May 2013

At 10:52 the Stromness Lifeboat was launched at the request of the Coastguard following news that two divers had been reported over due from the dive support vessel MV Halton. The Stromness lifeboat left its moorings and began to make its way out of Stromness Harbour into Scapa Flow. It was reported shortly afterwards that the divers had been recovered safe and well onto the dive boat. The lifeboat was returned to its mooring.

Saturday 25th May 2013

At 00:58 the Stromness Lifeboat was launched to go to the aid of a person who had fallen into Stromness Harbour. He was recovered by the Coastguard team and the lifeboat was returned to its mooring.

Wednesday 24th January 2013

At 13:45 the Stromness Lifeboat was launched at the request of the Coastguard to assist in the search for the source of a distress beacon.

The reported position was 30 miles west of Orkney at a bearing of 260 degrees from Stromness.

The lifeboat arrived at the position at 1500 and was given a search pattern by the Coastguard. A search of the area was carried out, and finding nothing, the lifeboat returned to Stromness and was ready for service again at 18:20.

Friday 9th November 2012 

Stromness Lifeboat was called out at 08:43 to pull a local creel boat off the rocks in Scapa Flow.

The Stromness fishing boat Shalimar had two crew onboard at the time of the incident, which occurred off Houton Head, with Shetland Coastguard informed just after 8.30am.

The local dive boats Valkyrie, Radiant Queen and Halton stood by the vessel as she was towed off around 9am.

Alex Dodge from Shetland Coastguard said that their appeared to be no damage to the Shalimar as a result of the incident, and the creel boat returned to fishing.

Monday 8th October 2012

Stromness Lifeboat was requested to go to the assistance of a disabled crab fishing boat, the Celtic Dawn 2, which had caught a rope around its propellor.

The lifeboat was launched at 09:30 toward a position given as 'some 30 miles west of Hoy'. Once the lifeboat was underway, a more accurate position was relayed to the boat via the Coastguard, putting the Celtic Dawn significantly further west, just north of Loch Eriboll.

Conditions were quite rough with winds gusting to 30 knots. However the all- weather lifeboat made fast progress, averaging over 20 knots toward the boat.

Once they had reached the Celtic Dawn, a tow was set up and the long haul back to Stromness began. Due to the sea conditions, a safe speed of between 6 and 8 knots was maintained and the towline remained intact for the whole of the return trip.

Saturday 27th July 2012

Stromness lifeboat was launched at 20:15 BST to go to the assistance of a Rigid Inflatable Boat with 5 crew on board. The boat had suffered engine failure and a strong ebb tide was carrying it out of Hoy Sound in a Westerly direction. The boat was towed in to the safety of Stromness harbour.

Monday 16th July 2012

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 12:15 BST, at the request of the Shetland Coastguard and tasked to assist the fishing boat Quest off Bow Rock in Hoy Sound. The fishing boat had engine failure and was safely towed into Stromness harbour at 13:25 BST. 

Monday 28th May 2012

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 14:40 BST, at the request of the Shetland Coastguard and tasked to assist a rigid inflatable boat which had broken down of the coast of Holm. The boat was taken under tow at around quarter past two, before being taken into Scapa Pier. The Stromness Lifeboat then returned to station in Stromness Harbour and was ready for service again at 15:45. 

Thursday 12th April 2012

The Coastguard paged the Launching Authority at 13:28 BST requesting the services of the Stromness Lifeboat to go to the aid of the Banff trawler " Onward" which had deployed an E.P.I.R.B. (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon) and was on fire approx 60 miles NW of Stromness, and the crew had abandoned ship to the life-rafts.

While on passage to the scene the Coastguard informed the Stromness Lifeboat that all 5 crew members of the casualty had been airlifted by the Coastguard helicopter, and were being transferred to Kirkwall hospital with suspected hypothermia. The Stromness Lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

Sunday 30th October 2011

At 11:45 Shetland Coastguard called the Stromness Launching Authority requesting the launch of the Stromness RNLI Lifeboat following an incident involving a missing diver off the dive boat Jean Elaine. 

The Stromness RNLI Lifeboat was launched at 11:58 and proceeded to the area given when they were informed that the casualty had been recovered and was being given medical assistance on board the Jean Elaine. The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat where the lifeboat crew administered further medical assistance.

The casualty was then transferred to the Coastguard Helicopter and evacuated to hospital. The Stromness RNLI lifeboat returned to Stromness where it was made ready for service again at 13:00. Sadly the casualty was pronounced dead later that day.

Saturday 8th October 2011

At 15:50 Shetland Coastguard informed the Lifeboat Operations Manager that the Fishing Vessel Murray V with 3 persons aboard required the assistance of the Lifeboat. The casualty had suffered machinery failure and had a fouled propeller 25 miles west of Stromness. 

The crew were paged and the Stromness RNLI lifeboat left Stromness at 16:03 to proceed to the casualty position. The Casualty was reached at 17:10 and a tow rope was made ready, however whilst attempting to pass the tow rope the casualty came in contact with the Stromness lifeboat, which sustained minor damage to the Starboard toe rail. A  rope was then made fast and the casualty was towed to Stromness, arriving at 20:40.

Saturday 8th October 2011

At 09:35 Shetland Coastguard informed the Lifeboat Operations Manager that there was a boat without power at Bow Rock in Hoy Sound and requested the services of the Stromness Lifeboat. 

The crew were paged and the Stromness RNLI lifeboat departed her berth at 09:45 and proceeded to the area given. Meanwhile the casualty had recovered sufficient power to proceed unassisted. The Stromness RNLI lifeboat escorted the casualty to Stromness, arriving at 10:14.

Friday 26th August 2011

At 18:01 Shetland Coastguard telephoned the Lifeboat Operations Manager requesting the launch of the Stromness RNLI Lifeboat to go to the aid of a casualty, who had suffered a broken leg on the vessel "C-Odyssey" while operating at the Billia Croo wave energy test area.

The crew were paged and the Stromness RNLI Lifeboat  was launched 7 minutes later.  On arrival at the scene, 3 lifeboat crewmen boarded the vessel, with a stretcher, and then transferred the casualty to the lifeboat. The casualty was then conveyed to Stromness pier, where an ambulance and doctor arrived to transfer the casualty to the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall. The Lifeboat was then berthed and made ready for service at 19:10.

Saturday 18th June 2011

At 01:54 the Shetland Coast Guard requested the launch of the Stromness RNLI lifeboat to investigate reports of two red flares being sighted off the Heel of Hoy.

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was launched at 02:02 and proceeded to the sea area of the Heel of Hoy and began a search pattern. Meanwhile Shetland Coastguard had made further enquiries and ascertained that there was a Solstice party in progress in that area of Hoy. The partygoers were subsequently questioned regarding the flares and eventually there was an admission that the flares had been launched by the revellers.

As a result of this information, the calm sea state, clear visibility, and the completion of the inital search pattern, it was decided at 03:30 to stand down the Stromness RNLI lifeboat and the incident was officially considered to be a false alarm. The Stromness Lifeboat returned to Stromness Harbour where it was made ready for the next service.

Saturday 14th May 2011

On Saturday 14th May at 12:52 Shetland Coastguard called the Stromness Lifeboat Operations Manager to request its assistance with a Dive Support Vessel taking in water of the West coast of Hoy.

The crew were paged and the Stromness Lifeboat was underway at 13:00. Whilst en route to the casualty the Northlink ferry MV Hamnavoe en route to Stromness from Scrabster stood by the casualty and gave shelter.

On arrival at the scene the Stromness Lifeboat crew transferred a portable salvage pump onboard the casualty and began to pump out the water. Once the water level was stabilised, the Stromness Lifeboat escorted the casualty back to Stromness.

The Shetland Coastguard complimented the Stromness RNLI describing the callout as a "textbook service".

Thursday 28th April 2011

The Shetland Coastguard tasked Stromness RNLI at 09:30 to proceed to a sea area 1 mile off the Black Craig, West Mainland, Orkney to investigate a report received by the Coastguard of a small vessel, possibly capsized drifting off the Black Craig with apparently no one on board. 

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 09:35 and made its way to the Black Craig to begin the search.

The Stromness Lifeboat arrived at the sea area at 09:49 and carried out a search sweep of the area. As a result, at 10:19, two empty cardboard bait boxes were discovered as brought onboard for proper disposal. The Stromness Lifeboat returned to Stromness where it was returned to station at 10:35.

Thursday 17th March 2011

On Thursday 17th March 2011 at 11:28 Shetland Coastguard informed the Stromness RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager that a fishing vessel had gone aground at or near Sule Skerry. Further information was not available at the time. 

At 11: 31 the Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew were paged and the lifeboat launched at 11:35. Whilst proceeding to the sea area where the casualty was thought to be located, Shetland Coastguard informed the lifeboat crew that all 3 crew had been rescued from the casualty by the Shetland Coastguard helicopter and were being transported to Kirkwall.

The lifeboat was stood down at 12:40, however after further consultations with the Shetland Coastguard  it was decided that the lifeboat would proceed to the casualty area and ascertain the condition of the vessel and the possibility that the casualty might re-float at high tide.  Once on the scene it was difficult to see the bottom of the casualty so therefore no decision could be taken on whether or not the vessel would re-float again, and the lifeboat proceeded back to Stromness where it returned to station at 15:25.

Wednesday 20th October 2010

Whilst underway to take part in an exercise with Orkney Marine Services and the Shetland Coastguard Helicopter, Stromness Lifeboat (Relief No17-17) was tasked to assist with a casualty from the dive boat Valkyrie.The Stromness Lifeboat proceeded to the casualty and a diver was transferred to the lifeboat where he received medical attention and was brought back to Stromness to be collected by ambulance for transfer to the Medical Centre. The Stromness Lifeboat then berthed and was made ready for service.

Sunday 5th September 2010

At 17:08 the Stromness RNLI launching authority received a request relayed via telephone for the launch of the Stromness RNLI lifeboat to go to the aid of the local yacht Valhalla, which was suffering machinery failure in the Houton area of Scapa Flow. The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was launched at 17:13 and proceeded to the casualty. The conditions in Scapa Flow at this time were quite difficult with a strong South Easterly force 6 wind gusting up to force 7. On arrival at the casualty the lifeboat crew successfully secured a tow line and the Valhalla was towed safely up the Flow and into Stromness Harbour where her skipper was able to proceed to the Stromness Marina with the yacht under her own power.

Monday 30th August 2010

The Stromness RNLI lifeboat was launched at 14:17 to provide medical assistance to a diver on the local dive boat Triton. The lifeboat left Stromness having taken aboard a local doctor, and headed down into Scapa Flow to rendezvous with the Triton. On arrival at the Triton the doctor boarded the Triton to assess and treat the casualty. The Stromness RNLI lifeboat then escorted the Triton to Houton where the casualty was transferred into an ambulance and then onwards to Balfour Hospital. It is understood that the diver is expected to make a full recovery.

Saturday 28th August 2010

At 13:09 the Shetland Coastguard sent a Launch ALB page to Stromness RNLI lifeboat crew without consulting any RNLI launch authority. On consulting the Coastguard by telephone it was discovered that urgent medical assistance was required for an angler aboard MV Tritonnear Black Craig. The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 13:16 and proceeded to the given position. The lifeboat rendezvoused with the Tritonand transferred a stretcher to the vessel, then brought the casualty aboard the lifeboat. Whilst the casualty was being brought ashore, lifeboat crewmen administered first aid and gave oxygen to the patient. On arrival at Stromness the lifeboat was met by the 1st responder team and then an ambulance. A local GP was called, who pronounced the casualty dead and released the ambulance. The police then took statements from the lifeboat crewmembers while the undertaker was called. This procedure meant the lifeboat had to remain on scene for a period of approx 2 hours before returning to berth.

Tuesday 17th August 2010

At 18:12 the Shetland Coastguard tasked the Stromness RNLI to provide support for a search and resue mission to the Kame of Hoy following reports that a youth had fallen down a cliff in the area. The lifeboat crew were paged and the Stromness RNLI Lifeboat was launched at 18:17. As the lifeboat made its way to North Hoy, the Shetland Coastguard helicopter also proceeded there to assist the Coastguard search and rescue teams deployerd on the ground. The Stromness RNLI Lifeboat meanwhile stood by to provide a radio relay base to enable coordination between all the rescue elements. The casualty was eventually located having fallen onto a ledge on the cliffs and was winched to safety by the Coastguard helicopter and flown to Kirkwall Airport where the casualty was transferred to Balfour Hospital. The Stromness RNLI lifeboat stayed on station until the rescue was completed and then returned to base.

Thursday 12th August 2010

At 13:37 Shetland Coast Guard contacted the Local Operations Manager of the Stromness RNLI with information that a dismasted yacht had been reported in Hoy Sound by the dive vessel Karin. The Coastguard requested the Stromness RNLI lifeboat launch and investigate the report. The crew were paged and the Lifeboat was launched at 13:44hrs. On arrival at the scene the casualty was found to be making way under escort of 2 dive support vessels. The Stromness RNLI lifeboat stood by until the casualty, which was making little progress against an 8 knot ebb tide , requested a tow to Stromness. The lifeboat passed a towrope to the casualty and towed the vessel to the safety of Stromness harbour, where the tow was disconnected and the casualty made her way to the marina under her own power. The Lifeboat returned to base, and was ready for service at 14:21

Saturday 15th May 2010

At 12:05 hrs the Shetland Coastguard paged the Lifeboat Operations Manager requesting the launch of the Stromness RNLI all-weather lifeboat following a report of an upturned creel boat sighted to the South-East of Graemsay. The lifeboat was launched and immediately proceeded to the position given by the coastguard. On approaching the area, the lifeboat crew found the 12 metre creel-boat Merlin II ashore but still upright on a skerry with its crew thankfully unharmed. As the tide was ebbing fast it was decided to take the 2 crew members aboard the lifeboat and proceed back to Stromness Harbour. It was decided to launch the lifeboat again at 20:00 hrs to stand by the casualty until sufficient water was present to allow the Merlin II to be refloated. Once this point was reached, her 2 crew members were transferred back onboard. At 22:05 the lifeboat successfully towed the casualty from the skerry and escorted her back to Stromness Harbour.

Sunday 17th January 2010

The Shetland Coastguard tasked Stromness RNLI at 15:12 to join an air and sea search for an overdue kayaker whose position was last reported as being about a mile off Costa Head on Eynehallow Sound, West Mainland. The lifeboat was launched at 16:20 and proceeded to the scene to join in the search. Other elements of the search party included the Kirkwall Lifeboat and the Shetland Coastguard helicopter. The kayaker was eventually located by the Shetland Coastguard Helicopter who winched the person onboard. The Stromness Lifeboat remained on station and carried out a search of the area for the kayak but to no avail. The Lifeboat returned to Stromness Harbour where it was refuelled and ready for service at 17:30. The Coastguard Helicopter meantime continued onto Kirkwall Airport where the kayaker was transferred to an ambulance and taken to Balfour Hospital for observation.

Monday 11th January 2010

The Shetland Coastguard tasked Stromness RNLI at 15:50 to join a full scale air and sea search for a missing woman whose car had been discovered at Yesnaby, West Mainland. The lifeboat was launched at 16:00 and proceeded to Yesnaby to join in the search. Other elements of the search party included the Police, Coastguard land based teams, and the Shetland Coastguard helicopter. The search continued in fading light and the lifeboat carried out a coastal sweep as it returned to Stromness where it arrived at 20:05. The lifeboat was launched again on 12/01/2010 at 09:30 to continue the search and continued to search, returning to Stromness at 14:25. Sadly, no trace of the missing women was found.

Wednesday 23rd December 2009

The Shetland Coastguard tasked the Stromness RNLI at 19:05 to join in a search for two hill walkers who were overdue after setting out to walk to the Old Man of Hoy. The lifeboat launched at 19:17 and proceeded towards Hoy. Whilst en route to Hoy Shetland Coastguard informed the lifeboat that the Hoy Coastguard team had found the two persons who had become disorientated during their walk and missed their ferry. The lifeboat rendezvoused with the Hoy Coastguard team at Moaness Pier where the two persons were taken onboard the lifeboat and conveyed to Stromness Pierhead. There they were assessed by a First Responder and then sent by ambulance to Balfour Hospital for a precautionary checkup. It is understood that the walkers were cold but otherwise in good health.

Sunday 13th December 2009

The Stromness RNLI Lifeboat VDK was launched at 15:34 to assist the crew of the local sea fishing boat Welcome Homewhose engine had developed mechanical problems 1 mile west of the Hoy low lighthouse. The Welcome Homewas able to make her way back to Stromness Harbour escorted by the lifeboat and the dive boat Karin.Once in the harbour the Welcome Home lost all power and was berthed by the lifeboat. The lifeboat was then refuelled and made ready for service.

Saturday 28th November 2009

The Stromness RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched at 13:40 to go to the assistance of the local creel boat Shalimar, with three people onboard. The Shalimar reported experiencing mechanical difficulties. After arriving on the scene, the Stromness lifeboat took the Shalimarunder tow and arrived back in Stromness Harbour at 14:50. TheShalimarwas secured in the harbour at 15:10

Friday 9th October 2009

At 04:23 Shetland Coastguard contacted the Duty Launching Authority to inform him that a man had been reported overboard from the fishing vessel Noronya. The Stromness lifeboat was launched at 04:35 and proceeded to the search area off the North Shoal, west of Orkney. On arrival the lifeboat proceeded with a search pattern initiated by the Coastguard. The joint search involved the Kirkwall lifeboat, Coastguard helicopter, Royal Navel Marine Minehunter (HMS Bangor), fishing vessels MaranathaBoy Shane, fish carrier Gripfisk, freighter Wilson Caenand fixed wing aircraft from Kinloss, and the casualty vessel NoronyaThe search continued following the Coastguard's instructions. The Stromness lifeboat was eventually stood down at 15:55 and returned to station. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 17:35. To date, the man who was lost overboard has not been found

Sunday 4th October 2009

At 09:07 Shetland Coasguard requested the launch of the Stromness Lifeboat to rendezvous with Relief Lifeboat 14-01 which had recovered a diving casualty, but was unfamiliar with the Houton locality. Stromness Lifeboat was asked to provide local pilotage knowledge and stand by in case any further medical assistance was required. Stromness Lifeboat had no direct involvement with the diving casualty. The Lifeboat was stood down at 11:25 and returned to station.

Tuesday 21st July 2009

At 16:15 Stromness Lifeboat was launched to go to the aid of the dive support vesselKarenwhich had developed engine failure to the West of Fair Isle. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 19:22 and connected a tow rope to the Karen. The lifeboat then proceeded to tow the casualty to Stromness, arriving at 04:15 and ready for service again at 05:15 hrs (22nd July).

Tuesday 14th July 2009

At 09:25 Shetland Coasguard contacted the Duty Launching Authority to inform him that a female diver required immediate medical assistance in Scapa Flow. The Stromness lifeboat launched at 09:36 and proceeded to the casualty. The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and immediately proceeded to Houton and transferred the casualty to the ambulance service. The lifeboat returned to the station and was refuelled and ready for service again at 10:35.

Saturday 27th June 2009

At 17:04 Shetland Coasguard contacted the Duty Launching Authority to inform him that a yacht was off the Brough of Birsay with a fouled propeller and to standby. The Stromness lifeboat was ready to launch at 17:25 when it was ascertained that the yacht had been assisted by a small dinghy and was now on the way to her destination. A recall was issued before the lifeboat got underway.

Wednesday June 3rd 2009

At 11:33 Shetland Coasguard contacted the Duty Launching Authority to go to the assistance of the Dive boat Valkyrie. The Stromness ALB was launched at 11:42 and proceeded to the casualty position. Once there is was found that 2 divers needed to be transferred to the Stromness Hyperbaric chamber. Both men were taken onboard the lifeboat and returned to Stromness at full speed, arriving at 12:50 where they were transferred to an ambulance for transfer to the chamber. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 12:55.

Sunday May 17th 2009

At 13:50 Shetland Coastguard contacted the Duty Launching Authority to inform him that the fishing vessel Celtic Dawnwas towing the MFV Noronyatowards Stromness from a position 60 nautical miles north west of Stromness. The vessels owner required the assistance of the Stromness lifeboat to escort the tow when approaching the tidal area of Hoy Sound. The lifeboat was duly launched at 01:40. The lifeboat proceeded to the area and escorted the vessels into Stromness Harbour. In Stromness Harbour the lifeboat attached a line to the stern of the vessel to assist with berthing. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again at 04:00.

Sunday March 1st 2009

At 23:39hrs Shetland Coastguard contacted the Duty Launching Authority to inform him that a red flare had been sighted to the West of Stromness,and requested the Lifeboat to search the area. The crew were paged and the lifeboat proceeded to the search area ( Skerry of Ness to Billia Croo). The lifeboat searched as far North as Mousland without finding anything and was stood down at 00:40hrs, returning to station at 00:50hrs.

Friday 16th January 2009

At 20:35 Shetland Coastguard contacted the Duty Launching Authority requesting the launch of the Lifeboat to investigate a red flare reported to be seen in the Yesnaby area. The crew were paged and the lifeboat slipped moorings at 20:45hrs. A search was made from Stromness to the North of Yesnaby with negative results. The coastguard then asked the L/Boat to search from the Kame of Hoy to Rora Head. This search also had negative results, and the lifeboat was stood down, returning to station at 22:50hrs.

Saturday 28th December 2008

At 19:40 Shetland Coastguard contacted the Duty Launching Authority requesting the launch of the Lifeboat to investigate a report of a red flare sighted in the area of the Kame of Hoy. The crew were paged and the lifeboat slipped moorings at 19:53, arriving on scene at 20:15hrs.The lifeboat then searched as far as the Old Man Of Hoy and back to the original position, nothing was found and the search was called off at 20:45. The Lifeboat then returned to station arriving at 21:05.

Wednesday 12th November 2008

At 01:12hrs the Coastguard informed the Duty Launching Authority that a report had been received that a person was thought to be in difficulty in the mud at the North end of Stromness Harbour. The Duty Launching Authority paged the crew at 01:15 and just at the time the crew were ready to launch they were informed that no assistance was required as the casualty was actually a cockle picker with a torch

Wednesday 8th October 2008

At 08:00 the Coastguard informed the Duty Launching Authority that the crabberKingfisherrequired assistance in a position 60 miles North West of Stromness and requested the Stromness All Weather Lifeboat to launch. The Duty Launching Authority immediately asked the Coastguard to page the crew. The lifeboat proceeded to the scene, arriving at 11:55hrs and had the casualty in tow at 12:00. The tow was a long slow procedure due to the Force 7 South West winds and a swell running at approx 5 metres. The Lifeboat & casualty arrived at Stromness at 20:50hrs.

Saturday 20th September 2008

At 08: 16 hrs a call was received from Shetland Coastguard requesting the launch of the Lifeboat to investigate a report that the crew of an unidentified vessel was about to abandon ship in a position 14 miles West of the Brough of Birsay. The message was received from a vessel in the Fair Isle channel. The Lifeboat launched at 08:25 hrs and proceeded to the area given in the report. An extensive search was carried out for 2 hours, with a negative result. It was then decided to abandon the search, the Lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 13:00hrs.

Wednesday 27th August 2008

At 11:48hrs Shetland Coastguard contacted the DLA requesting the immediate launch of the lifeboat to investigate a report that an object resembling a small yellow dinghy was drifting close to the Royal Oak buoy. The crew were paged and the lifeboat's moorings were slipped at 11:55hrs. On arrival of the scene the lifeboat searched the area but found nothing apart from 2 yellow marker buoys which could have been mistaken for a small boat from a distance. After searching for 20 minutes the coastguard asked the lifeboat to remain on scene while they spoke to the person who reported the incident. It was then decided to call off the search and the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 13:45hrs.

Thursday 21st August 2008

At 15:07hrs Shetland Coastguard contacted the DLA requesting the Lifeboat's assistance to the Banff fishing vessel "Genisis" which was without power 21.5 miles NW of the Brough of Birsay. The DLA paged the crew and the L/Boat slipped moorings at15:15 arriving at the scene of the casualty at 16:45. When the Cox'n reduced speed on approaching the casualty the starboard engine low oil pressure alarm was activated, the mechanic investigated the alarm and found a significant amount of fuel oil in the sump. A tow rope was passed to the casualty and the L/Boat started to tow the vessel towards Stromness. As the lifeboat could only make 3knots, and with limited manoeuvrability the Cox'n decided it would be advisable to ask for the Kirkwall lifeboat to launch and take over the tow.

The Kirkwall lifeboat arrived on scene and the tow was transferred at19:00hrs. The Stromness lifeboat then returned to station on one engine, arriving at 21:30. After examination it was found that a fuel injector pipe had fractured. The lifeboat was placed on restricted service for a period of 21 hours. A replacement pipe was ordered and arrived the following evening, the boat was then taken out and tested at full revs for 1 hour and was placed on full service at 19:38hrs.

Friday 1st August 2008

At 18:33hrs Shetland Coastguard contacted the DLA Stromness requesting the assistance of the Lifeboat to aid a yacht in trouble to the west of Orkney. The L/Boat crew were paged and the Lifeboat put to sea at 18:44hrs. Shortly after leaving Stromness one engine developed a fault, resulting in the Lifeboat Cox'n having to make the decision to carry on to the casualty on reduced power. However, soon after another technical fault left the Lifeboat without any power. Due to the severity of the tide in Hoy Sound the Lifeboat was in danger of being swept on to the shore, resulting in the Cox'n making the decision to drop anchor and wait for assistance from the ferry Graemsay, which towed it back to Stromness. In this time the Longhope Lifeboat had been tasked to go to the aid of the yacht and it duly brought the casualty to the safety of Stromness Harbour. The faults incurred by the Stromness Lifeboat were rectified and the L/B was ready for service before midnight.

Tuesday 15th July 2008

At 00:15hrs Shetland Coastguard contacted the Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) requesting the launch of the Stromness All Weather Lifeboat to assist in the search for 2 climbers overdue from a climb of the Old Man Of Hoy. The Lifeboat launched at 00:25hrs and proceeded to the area, arriving at 00:50hrs. With the aid of illuminating flares the L/B crew sighted the 2 climbers descending the Old Man of Hoy approx 75% of the way down. Using the Searchlight, the Lifeboat helped guide the climbers to the safety of the shore and to the top of the cliffs. The Lifeboat then returned to station arriving back at 02:40hrs.

Wednesday 14th May 2008

At 08:15 Shetland Coastguard paged the crew requesting the assistance of the Stromness All Weather lifeboat regarding a report of a car seen on rocks below the cliffs at Yesnaby. The Lifeboat launched at 08:24 and proceeded to the scene in fine weather, arriving at 08:45. The Y-Boat was used to transfer a Dr and Fire personnel to the casualty. At the scene the casualty (deceased) was freed from the wreckage of the vehicle and transferred to the lifeboat. The lifeboat then returned to Stromness with the casualty, arriving back on station at 11:30.

Thursday 8th May

At 16:24 the Stromness Lifeboat was request to launch in order to search for a diver missing in Stromness Harbour. However the diver was safely located before the lifeboat moorings were slipped and the crew were then stood down.

Friday 25th April 2008

At 15:40hrs Stromness Police Sgnt Deans contacted the DLA requesting the assistance of the L/Boat to convey an underwater search team to Yesnaby and provide safety cover while the divers carried out a search for the missing person from the incident on Friday 23rd April 2008. The Lifeboat slipped moorings in good weather conditions at 16:20hrs and proceeded to the search area, arriving at 16:41.The search teams unsuccessfully carried out 2 search dives. Nothing was found and the lifeboat left the scene at 17:35 arriving back on station at 17:55. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 18:10hrs.

Wednesday 23rd April 2008

The Stromness All Weather Lifeboat was launched on Wednesday 23rd April at 13:20BST in response to a request by Shetland Coastguard to investigate a report that a car had been seen going over the cliffs at Yesnaby by two tourists. The lifeboat slipped mooringsat 13:20hrs in favourable weather and proceeded to Yesnaby. On scene the Y Boat was launched to search the shallower area, resulting in the 2 crew members locating the submerged car in approx twenty feet of water. The lifeboat, local fishing boats, coastguard helicopter and search teams ashore searched the area for the occupant of the car. As the search drew a blank it was decided at approx 15:35 to abandon the search, with the lifeboat continuing to keep a close look out on the passage back to the station. The lifeboat was back on station at 16:05 and refuelled, ready for service at 16:25hrs.

Saturday 5th April 2008

At 10:44hrs The Coastguard requested the assistance of the Stromness All Weather Lifeboat to search for a missing diver in Scapa Flow. The Lifeboat launched at 10:55 and proceeded to the scene in a near gale force Northerly wind and arrived on scene at 11:15. After searching along wih the Longhope Lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter for 6.5 hours without success, the search was called off. The Lifeboat returned to Stromness and was ready for service at 18:30hrs.

Sunday 16th March 2008

The relief Stromness ALB was out on exercise in the southern area of Scapa Flow on Sunday Morning when the Coastguard tasked it to go the aid of a rigid inflatable dingy with 11 persons onboard which developed engine trouble West of Swona. The ALB located the dingy 2 miles SW of Cantick Lighthouse. There was a strong tidal current running and the swell was moderate. 7 persons were transferred to the lifeboat whilst four remained onboard the dingy and a tow was established by the lifeboat. The dingy was then towed safely to the harbour at John O’ Groats.

At 16:15 on the same day the Stromness relief ALB was launched as part of a coastguard coordinated effort to locate a missing person. This also involved the deployment of the lifeboat’s 'Y' class rigid inflatable. After a negative search of Stromness harbour, the lifeboat returned to station at 17:00 and was ready for service again at 17:05.

Sunday 30th December 2007

The Stromness All Weather Lifeboat was launched on Sunday 30th December to carry out joint exercises in Scapa Flow with one of H.M. Coastguard's new Shetland based Sikorsky SAR S-92 helicopters. The Stromness RNLI Crew are the first lifeboat crew in Orkney to take part in such an exercise. Four dedicated SAR S-92 helicopters went into operation in Scotland in July 2007 to serve the United Kingdom Maritime Coastguard Agency, two based in Stornaway, and two based in Shetland. The Shetland based helicopters bear the registation marks G-SARC and G-CGOC. The latter will thus continue the "OSCAR CHARLIE" tradition into a new generation of aircraft.

The S-92 helicopters are equipped with a new flight control system with new SAR modes, allowing auto-hover and approach to a geographic point. They also have FLIR thermal imaging infrared cameras, dual rescue hoists, dual internal auxiliary fuel tanks adding 420 gallons of fuel and therefore increased range, triple litter kit and ample space for cargo. The new capabilities of the S-92 enable dedicated SAR operators to carry out their missions in all weathers, by night and day.

Sunday 11th November 2007

The Stromness relief all weather lifeboat RNLI Osier was launched at 17:59 at the request of Shetland Coastguard after reports of flares in the area of Hoy Sound. The lifeboat began a preliminary sweep of Hoy Sound but was quickly stood down when it was confirmed by the Coastguard and the Police that it had been fireworks and not flares that had been let off. The lifeboat returned to Stromness Harbour

Thursday 8th November 2007

The Stromness relief all weather lifeboat RNLI Osier was launched at 11:50 after Shetland Coastguard reported that an EPIRB signal had been detected relating to an unknown vessel thought to be located somewhere in the Pentland Firth 5 - 30 miles west of Orkney. The coastguard was been unable to raise the vessel by radio. The subsequent search was cooordinated by the Aberdeen Coastguard. The weather conditions were atrocious with Force 10 winds gusting force 11, sleet, hail, and very heavy seas running. The ALB proceeded into Hoy Sound and attenpting to get an RF fix on the beacon. It continued aa search pattern in the Sound and was due to extend the search westwards as weather and tidal conditions improved. The Coastguard then obtained another fix on the EPERB placing it closer to Cape Wrath a search and rescue aircraft was despatched to attempt more accurate fix on the EPIRB. In the meantine the Stromness ALB was been stood down by the Coastguard and returned to Stromness Harbour where it arrived at 14:00.

Friday 26th October 2007

The Stromness relief all weather lifeboat RNLI Osier was launched at 05:30 to go to the assistance of Fraserborough registered trawler Valhallathat had lost power in heavy seas 7 miles off Hoy Sound. In a full gale with winds gusting 30 - 40 knots the ALB established a tow with the trawler. Due to the difficult sea conditions the towline parted three times and had to be re-established. The Valhalla was successfully towed into Stromness Harbour and secured to the North Pier at 08:30. The lifeboat was then refuelled and ready for service at 08:50.

Sunday 23rd September 2007

The Stromness ALB was launched at 04:25 BST, proceeding to the Polish registered yacht Syrencathat had requested assistance following a severe weather warning whilst 27 miles WNW of Hoy Sound. The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 05:25BST and passed a tow rope, secured the tow, and started to tow at 05:40 BST. An average speed of 8 knots was maintained due to weather conditions. The lifeboat arrived at Hoy Sound at 08:30 BST and towed in behind the Holms and secured the casualty alongside to await the departure of the Stromness - Scrabster ferry from Stromness Harbour. Once the ferry had departed, the lifeboat proceeded to take the casualty into the marina. The casualty was secured alongside at 09:20. The lifeboat departed the casualty and returned to the lifeboat berth and made ready for service. The lifeboat was ready for service at 09:40.

Sunday 19th August 2007

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 14:35 BST after an activated emergency beacon was reported in the Orkney area. Whilst the Lifeboat was searching in Scapa Flow the beacon was located on an aircraft at Kirkwall Airport. The Lifeboat was subsequently stood down and was back on station at 15:45 BST.

Saturday 4th August 2007

A launch of the Stromness Lifeboat was initiated by Shetland Coastguard at 17:33 BST following 2 999 calls reporting a yacht which appeared to be in difficulty and in danger of broaching in Hoy Sound. The Stromness Lifeboat launched at 17:45 BST. and proceeded to the scene where contact was made with the Yacht Syrenkawhich was proceeding west. The crew of the yacht informed the lifeboat that they did not require any assistance and that all was well on board, however the lifeboat, owing to tidal and sea conditions, stated in the vicinity of the yacht until it was clear of the tide race in Hoy Sound. The service was classified as a false alarm but with good intent.

Wednesday 18th July 2007

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 18:30 BST to assist the police in the recovery of a body from the shoreline at the Calf of Flotta. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 20:30 BST.

Wednesday 11th July 2007

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 17:45 BST following a request from Shetland Coastguard to assist 4 adults stranded on the Brough of Birsay by the tide. On arrival at the brough the lifeboat deployed its "Y" boat and used it to get the people from the Brough to a safe landing on the mainland. The weather conditions were moderate and the lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 19:40 BST.

Wednesday 20th June 2007

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 10:57 BST following a request from Shetland Coastguard. The casualty was a sports diver who was in acute distress on the dive vessel "Valkyrie". The lifeboat escorted the diveboat into Houton and stood by as the casualty was transferred to an ambulance, the lifeboat then returned to station. Weather conditions were fair.

Saturday 16th June 2007

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 01:10 BST following the reported sighting of a red flare in Hoy Sound. An overturned Dory was found and an extensive search was undertaken covering Hoy Sound and its approaches, nothing further was found. The search was coordinated by HM Coastguard and assets used were the Stromness and Longhope Lifeboats with their respective "Y" boats deployed, Search and Rescue Helicopters from Lossiemouth and Sumburgh, and coastguard teams from Stromness, Hoy, Kirkwall and Deerness.

Wednesday 13th June 2007

HRH The Duke of Kent paid an official visit to Stromness Lifeboat Station where he was met by representatives of the Management Committee and the Ladies Guild. Members of the Lifeboat Crew were then introduced to the Duke and he was invited on the lifeboat where commerative photographswere taken. Amongst members of the crew introduced to the Duke was Callum MacIver, Mechanic, who was also

a member of the Stromness Lifeboat crew who met the Duke on his previous visit to the Station in 1987.

Tuesday 17th April 2007

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 12:20 BST following an accident at Graemsay Pier with a person reported in the water. The lifeboat deployed its "Y" boat to assist but sadly the casualty did not survive.

Friday 2nd March 2007

The Stromness Lifeboat was launched at 14:20 on Friday following a report from Shetland Coastguard that a small dinghy had broken down and was being swept out to sea in the strong tides in Hoy Sound. The Stromness Lifeboat was quickly on the scene, close to the Kirk Rocks, and took the semi-rigid inflatable dinghy, with one adult male onboard, under tow and safely into Stromness Harbour. The Lifeboat was refuelled and again ready for service at 14.55.

Sunday 3rd December 2006

The relief boat The Willdeparted for Buckie at noon on Sunday 3rd December arriving there at approximately 1800hrs.

Saturday 2nd December 2006

The Stromness Station ALB Violet, Dorothy and Kathleenarrived back from Buckie and was refuelled ready for service by 1600hrs on Saturday 2nd December. Good to see our own boat back.

Monday 13th November 2006

The Stromness ALB was launched at 0955hrs to stand by freighter Fri Streamwhich was drifting without power to the West of Orkney.

Wednesday 11th October 2006

The Stromness Lifeboat "Violet, Dorothy & Kathleen" has been taken out of service so that the starboard engine can be replaced. Operational cover is being provided by the relief Severn class lifeboat The Willwhich arrived on station at Stromness at 2030hrs on Wedensday 11th October. The work on the Stromness lifeboat is being carried out at the Buckie shipyard.

Sunday 1st October 2006

On Sunday the Stromness ALB was launched at 02:10hrs to go to the assistance of the Wick registered fishing vessel Kemarvinwhich had suffered machinery failure in a position 35 nautical miles NNW of Stromness. The Lifeboat took the casualty under tow to Stromness and was back on station ready for service at 09:20hrs on Sunday. The weather conditions for this service were good with smooth seas and light winds.

Saturday 23rd September 2006

On Saturday the Stromness ALB was launched at 18:50hrs at the request of Shetland Coastguard, following the report of a vessel on fire in Hoy Sound. The lifeboat arrived at the scene at 1900hrs and stood by as the tug Forth Drummertook the casualty, Forth Constructerunder tow, the crew of the casualty having been able to get the fire under control. The lifeboat then escorted the tug and casualty into Stromness Harbour where the Fire service from Stromness were standing by to assess the situation on board the casualty.

Tuesday 19th September 2006

On Tuesday the Stromness ALB was launched at 17:55hrs to go to the aid of a 7m sailing dinghy which was adrift with 1 person onboard, and in danger of grounding in the vicinity of No1 barrier. When the lifeboat arrived at the scene the casualty had grounded, however the lifeboat crew managed to attach a towline useing the "Y" boat and the casualty was refloated and taken alongside the pier at Holm. The lifeboat was back in Stromness ready for service at 20:10hrs

Tuesday 5th September 2006

On Tuesday the Stromness ALB was launched at the request of Shetland Coastguard to search for a sub aqua diver reported missing in the area of Gutter Sound. The lifeboat was launched at 14:20 hrs and proceeded to the search location, however the diver was recovered safe and well by another vessel and the lifeboat was stood down at 14:40 hrs and returned to station, being refuelled and ready for service at 15:05 hrs.

Friday 25th August 2006

On Friday 25th August the Stromness lifeboat was called into service for two separate incidents. On the first service the Stromness ALB was launched at 11:30 hrs to go to the aid of a small motor boat Naomiwith one person on board which had fouled its propeller and was in danger of grounding in the proximity of Bring Head on Hoy. The lifeboat had the casualty in tow at 12:30 hrs, arriving safely back at Stromness at 13:20 hrs. Lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 1340hrs.

The Stromness ALB was again launched at 20:48 hrs to go to the aid of the yacht Favourwith 3 persons on board which had requested an escort in through Hoy Sound to Stromness Harbour due to insufficient wind and having problems with its engine. The Lifeboat carried out the escort, taking the Favourunder tow when its engine finally failed on the approach to the harbour buoys. The lifeboat then maneuvered the yacht safely to a berth in the Stromness marina. The lifeboat was again ready for service at 22:00 hrs.

Thursday 24th August 2006

The Stromness ALB was launched on Thursday at 15:00hrs to go to the assistance of the creel fishing boat Challengerwhich was reported aground in Hoy Sound, west of Muckle head on north Hoy. Because of the position of the casualty and the sea swell conditions the Lifeboat deployed its "Y" boat (Small inflatable) to rescue the two crewmen from theChallenger. The two men were unhurt but the Challengeritself could not be recovered. The Stromness Lifeboat landed the two men at Stromness, refuelled and was again ready for service at 1630hrs. The Coastguard helicopter was also tasked to this incident but was not required to assist.

Friday 11th August 2006

The Stromness ALB was launched on Friday at 22:35 hrs to go to the assistance of a rigid inflateable with 4 persons on board, which had lost power and was drifting in a strong flood tide between Hoy and Graemsay. The lifeboat located the casualty and took three of the persons on board the lifeboat.The fourth person remained aboard the inflateable which was towed into Stromness marina with the rescued persons being landed safe and well. The Lifeboat was refueled and ready for service at 2330hrs.

Saturday 5th August 2006

The Stromness ALB was launched on Saturday at 19:40 hrs to go to the assistance of two kayakers who were in difficulty off the Kame of Hoy owing to unexpected sea conditions. The lifeboat picked up the two men and their kayaks 1/4 mile off the Kame and landed them in Stromness. The boat was ready for service again at 20:30 hrs.

Wednesday 26th July 2006

The Stromness ALB was launched on Wednesday at 21:13 hrs to assist the Stromness contingent, Northern Fire Brigade to attend another reported fire in the generator shed on the Inner Holms Stromness. As tidal conditions made an approach using the causway impossible, the firemen were transfered to and from the location by the lifeboat.

Saturday 8th July 2006

The Stromness ALB was launched on Saturday at 20:53 hrs to assist the Stromness contingent, Northern Fire Brigade to attend a reported fire in the generator shed on the Inner Holms Stromness. Tidal conditions made this the only approach available. The firemen were transfered to the location by the lifeboat with the final deployment and recovery done using the lifeboats "Y" boat. The service went well and was an excellent example of co-operation between the two rescue services.

Saturday 1st July 2006

The Stromness ALB was launched on Saturday at 12:55 hrs to go to the assistance of small private craft Yorvikwith 3 persons on board that had suffered a seized engine in Clestrain Sound. After rendezvousing with the craft, a line was attached and Yorvikwas towed into Stromness Harbour, arriving at 13:30 The lifeboat was ready for service again at 13:45.

Sunday 16th April 2006

The Stromness ALB was launched on Sunday at 1630 hrs to go to the assistance of a 15 metre yacht the Pegasuswhich got into difficulty west of Orkney. The lifeboat headed for a rendevous with the Pegasus7 miles west of Hoy after the yacht had lost the use of her sails and auto pilot during bad weather, the Pegasuswas on a solo round Scotland voyage at the time, the lifeboat escorted the yacht into Stromness marina, arriving at 1815 Sunday evening.

Monday 6th/Tuesday 7th March 2006

The Stromness ALB was launched on Monday evening at 2030 hrs to investigate the sighting of four red flares to the west of Hoy Sound, weather conditions were favourable with light s/e force 3 winds and a slight sea. also involved in the search were members of the Coastguard Rescue Team, F/V MaranathaH.M.S. EdinburghR.F.A. Wave Ruler, andOscar Charliethe Coastguard Helicopter, the search was co-ordinated by Shetland Coastguard, a thorough search of the area up to 15 miles of the Kame of Hoy was carried out, but nothing was found. The search was called off at 0145 and the Lifeboat was back in Stromness at 0215 ready for service.

Thursday 24 November 2005

Stromness ALB was launched at 1605 to assist with the evacuation of aseriously ill patient from Flotta to hospital on mainland Orkney. With wind northerly 40 kts gusting 45 kts and forecast to increase, all other ferry services had been suspended and the lifeboat requested to assist with the transfer. After taking the Stromness Doctor on board the lifeboat headed for Flotta arriving at 1630. The patient was transfered from an ambulance and the lifeboat departed Flotta at 1630 for Houton where an ambulance was waiting to take the patient to hospital. The lifeboat returned to Stromness at 1730 and was refuelled and back in service at 1740hrs.

Sunday 10 July 2005

Stromness ALB was launched at 0945 LT to rendezvous with the charter vessel Haltonbetween Stromness and Sule Skerry to transfer a casualty with head injuries to an ambulance in Stromness. The casualty had fallen while ashore on Sule Skerry. The lifeboat was ready for service at 1215 hrs

Friday 10th June 2005

Stromness ALB launched at 10:00hrs to assist recreational dive boat Jean Elainewith 11 persons on board which had struck an unidentified object in Burra Sound and was taking water. The lifeboat's salvage pump was put on board to assist with pumping operations and the casualty was escorted back to Stromness Harbour without incident.

Friday 13 May 2005

Stromness ALB launched at 2330hrs to assist the chartered angling vessel Welcome Homewhich had fouled her propeller in a position 1/2 mile NW of Hoy. The Casualty had 9 persons on board and was towed into Stromness Harbour. Emergency Coxswain C Mowat had command for this service which was carried out without incident. Weather conditions were good and the lifeboat was back in service at 0045 hrs on 14 May.

Sunday 24 April 2005

The Stromness A.L.B Violet, Dorothy and Kathleenhas returned from Buckie after a refit period.

Wednesday 19th January 2005.

The Stromness A.L.B was launched at 18:33 GMT to go to the assistance of the Talisman passenger ferry Hoxa Lasswith 25 persons on board, which had fouled its propeller off Houton Pier. The lifeboat stood by until the casualty was tied up safely at the pier and was back on station at Stromness at 19:50 GMT.

Wednesday 12th January 2005 01:04 GMT

During one of the worst storms for some years, and the highest tides that most Stromnessians can remember, the Stromness lifeboat crew were alerted to attend the Dive tender Karenwhich was holed and taking water at Stromness South Pier. The lifeboat was not launched but provided a salvage pump to assist in pumping the water from the boat. The crew also assisted the Stromness Fire Brigade in operating a fire service pump on the casualty. The pumping operation was successful, and the crew stood down at 03:10 hrs.

Thursday 28th October 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B was launched at 15:14 BST to go to the assistance of the large crabber Boy Shanewhich had fouled its propeller off Sule Skerry. The lifeboat reached the casualty at 16:40 BST, connected a tow line and proceeded to tow the casualty to Stromness. It was an uneventful tow with the boats arriving in Stromness at 23:15 BST. The lifeboat was refuelled and again ready for service at 23:30 BST. Weather conditions were moderate with a strong Ell'y wind and choppy seas.

Saturday 4th September 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B was launched at 16:50 BST to assist the crabber Merdinawhich suffered engine failure 1 mile north of the Brough of Birsay. The casualty was towed to Stromness.

Tuesday 24th August 2004.

The Chief Executive of the RNLI, Mr Andrew Freemantle paid a short visit to the Stromness Ststion, travelling from Hoy to Stromness on the Violet, Dorophy and Kathleen.The purpose of the visit was to meet and talk to the crewmembers, committee members and Fundraisers, inviting questions and comments from those able to attend. Also present was the Divisional Inspector for Scotland, Mr John Caldwell who accompanied the Chief Executive on his station tour.

Thursday 12th August 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B was launched at 12:40 BST to go to the assistance of the small commercial passenger vessel Charlie Sayswhich had started taking in water off Rora Head west of Hoy. There were ten persons on board the casualty. The casualty was taken under tow to Stromness Harbour. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 14:05 BST.

Saturday 10th July 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B was launched at 02:25 BST and to assist in the search for the yacht Thimblewhich had been reported overdue on a trip from Stromness to Loch Eriboll. The yacht was found safe and well by the Stornoway rescue helicopter Mike Uniformand the lifeboat returned to station, being ready for service again at 05:30 BST on 4th July. The Thusro A.L.B was also tasked to this service.

Saturday 3rd July 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B was launched at 15:56 BST and proceeded to the assistance of the fishing vessel Arck Angellwhich had suffered a fouled propeller and was immobilised approximately 24 miles Nth of Noup Head, Westray. The casualty was towed into Pierowall harbour in Westray and the lifeboat was back on station ready for service at 04:10 BST on 4th July.

Wednesday 23rd June 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B was requested to launch at 11:16 BST and tasked to search for four sub-aqua sports divers reported ovedue from the dive tender Karinin a position south-west of Hoy. The A.L.B. launched at 11:25 BST and proceeded at full speed to the search area. On arrival at the reported postion the lifeboat was contacted and informed that one of the divers had been found on the surface. The lifeboat stood by while the Karinrecovered the diver who reported that the other divers were carrying out routine decompression stops on their way to the surface. The lifeboat continued to stand by while the Karinrecovered the remaining divers successfully. All the divers were reported safe and well. As a precautionary measure the lifeboat stood by and escorted the Karininto Stromness Harbour. The Longhope, Thurso and Wick lifeboats were also launched for this incident but thankfully were not required.

Wednesday 5th May 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B was launched at 14:31 BST and tasked to go to the assistance of the small commercial fishing vessel Rebeccawhich had suffered from a fouled propeller off the Brough of Birsay causing damage to the rudder and propulsion unit. There were two persons aboard the casualty. The lifeboat was able to tow the casualty to Stromness although the damage to the Rebecca'srudder necessitated a very slow speed tow. The lifeboat was back on station ready for service at 18:30 BST on Wednesday 5th May 2004.

Saturday 17th April 2004.

The relief Severn Class A.L.B. 17-30 William Gordon Burrdeparted Stromness at 09:45 BST.

Tuesday 13th April 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B was launched at 16:45 BST to assist in the recovery of a young woman who had fallen from the cliffs at the west side of Scapa bay. The injured woman was recovered from the beach using the lifeboat's "Y" boat and was transferred to a waiting ambulance at Scapa Pier. The lifeboat was back on station and ready for service at 18:45 BST.

Saturday 10th April 2004.

The station A.L.B. Violet, Dorothy and Kathleenreturned from Buckie where she has undergone repair work following damage sustained whilst the lifeboat was along side the ferry MV Claymoreduring the service call of the 22nd February.

Sunday 29th February 2004.

The relief Severn Class A.L.B. 17-30William Gordon Burrarrived on station at 16:00 hours. The station A.L.B. Violet, Dorophy and Kathleenproceeded to Buckie on March 1st for some repair work to be carried out to the safety rails on the port side, which were damaged whilst the lifeboat was along side the ferry MV Claymoreduring the service call of the 22nd February.

Sunday 22nd February 2004.

Whilst on a routine training exercise in Scapa Flow, the Stromness A.L.B. answered a service call to the ferry MV Claymorewhen they declared a medical emergency involving a crew member.

Saturday 14th February 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B. was launched at 03:25 GMT to investigate and search for the source of a reported emergency beacon signal which had been picked up by satellite and by an overflying aircraft. The intitial postition ws given as 14 miles West of Orkney, but nothing was found in this area. An extending square mile search pattern was carried out but further signals gave a wide disparity of positions for the beacon. Coastguard control stood down the lifeboat, which returned to base and was ready for service again at 06:30.

Saturday 7th February 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B. was crewed and ready to go to sea at 11:23 GMT in response to a medical emergency. In the event she was not required and was subsequently stood down.

Thursday 22nd January 2004.

The Stromness A.L.B. was launched at 23:05 GMT to assist fishing vessel Boy ShaneWK 673 with 7 crew onboard. The casualty was subsequently towed into Stromness. The lifeboat was back on station ready for service at 03:50 hrs 23rd January 2004.

Monday 20th October 2003.

The Stromness A.L.B. was launched at 15:50 GMT and took part in a search for a missing sports diver when he was reported missing from the dive vessel MV Sunrise. A body was later found on the wreck of the World War I battleship S.M.S Brummer


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