Wick And Thurso Lifeboats Go To Aid Of Cargo Ship

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After a cargo ship had broken down in the Pentland Firth between Caithness and Orkney, two lifeboats were launched for rescue. The 328ft (100m) Leah and its crew of 10 got into difficulty a mile (1.6km) north east of Stroma at about 07:45. The ship’s anchors failed to hold it against the tide, and it started drifting. Wick and Thurso lifeboat crews were alerted at about 08:00.

Leah’s crew managed to restart the engines and resume their journey to Straumsvik in Iceland. Thurso and Wick lifeboats reached the cargo ship when it was still adrift about two miles (3 km) south-east of Duncansby Head. The sea conditions were challenging with 6-9ft (2-3m) swell, a force six north-westerly wind and heavy showers.

The lifeboat crews were stood down at 10:30.

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