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11/04/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/04/2018 10:07

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat attends diving incident in Scapa Flow

Once again RNLI Longhope lifeboat was off to a very speedy response to the pager alert this morning at 10.12am. It was during a pre- exercise briefing that the crew were requested to launch by UK Coastguards. As they were all kitted up and ready to go, the lifeboat was underway in minutes and heading out of Longhope.

They were tasked to attend a dive boat in Scapa Flow where a diver was in difficulties. However the situation was under control and the dive boat had reached Houton pier as the lifeboat arrived. In case assistance was needed the lifeboat remained on standby until the ambulance arrived and the casualty was transferred. Sea conditions were slight and visibility good.

Once the lifeboat had been stood down by UK Coastguards the crew continued with their exercise in the Flow, going through various procedures including a man overboard recovery.

It was a particularly special exercise today for it was the first one for our recently enrolled, volunteer Crew Member, Stella Kirkpatrick aged 17 years. Stella is the daughter of our Coxswain Kevin Kirkpatrick and sister of one of our Deputy Mechanics, Jack Kirkpatrick.

Back at the station Stella said: 'It has always been my ambition since a child to serve on the Longhope lifeboat. It was very exciting to be on my first exercise which then suddenly turned into a shout. I was really interested to see how the crew all worked together and I'm thrilled to be part of this team.'

The lifeboat was refuelled and ready again for service at 1pm.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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