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Marine / Yacht crew ‘forever grateful’ for lifeboat help after propellor fault

Afrer arriving safely back in Bergen, from left to right: Bjørn Dalen (captain) (Norway), Atle Myklebust (Norway), Wanye Litter (UK) Kitty Philps (UK), Håkon Haarr (captain).

THE CREW of a Norwegian yacht has paid tribute to the “truly remarkable” help it received from the Lerwick Lifeboat after getting a creel line tangled in its propellor.

The five-strong crew said the lifeboat team’s “commitment to saving lives at sea is truly commendable”.

The 12-metre Marlin sailing vessel was departing Lerwick on Sunday at the start of the return leg of the Shetland-Bergen race when it got into trouble.

Lifeboat comes to aid of departing race yacht

“When Marlin got a creel line tangled in the propeller, leaving us stranded and unable to continue, your lifeboat team swiftly came to our aid,” the crew said in a letter to the lifeboat team.

“Your professionalism and expertise were evident as you navigated the challenging conditions and safely freed our vessel from the entanglement.

“We are incredibly grateful for your selflessness and dedication to the well-being of sailors in distress.

“Your efforts ensured not only our safety but also the continuation of the Shetland Race, allowing participants to pursue their passion for sailing.”

The crew added that it is because of organisations like the RNLI that “sailors like us can have peace of mind, knowing that help is always within reach”.

“Your invaluable service is a testament to the unwavering spirit of the maritime community and the genuine care you have for those on the water,” the crew added.

“Once again, we extend our deepest thanks to the entire Lerwick Lifeboat team for your heroic actions and unwavering commitment to saving lives. Your bravery and expertise make the seas a safer place for all. We are forever grateful.”

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