BOAT owners are being reminded to inform the coastguard if they will be leaving vessels unattended for any period of time after the Aith Lifeboat was called out at the weekend following reports of a small boat lying empty near an uninhabited isle to the west of Scalloway.
While no missing persons had been reported in the area, the lifeboat headed out on Sunday (14 June) to where the skiff had been moored near the skerry of Sanda Stour at the entrance to Weisdale Voe after receiving the call at 4.30pm.
Upon arrival, the small boat was recognised by a crew member – who then made contact with the boat’s owner to confirm that they were safe and well.
The lifeboat crew were then able to return to base, reaching the station by 7.30pm.
An RNLI spokesperson said: “We will always be available to respond to potential emergencies, but some call outs are easily avoidable – if boat owners can please remember to inform the authorities of any vessels being left unattended at sea or moored away from their usual berthing.
“It helps prevent causing public alarm and helps to protect the RNLI’s resources.”
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency can be contacted by local boat owners via radio or by phoning the Lerwick station on 01595 692 976.
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