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Marine / Lifeboat tows scallop dredger into Lerwick

The lifeboat towing LK 52 Renown into Lerwick on Tuesday evening. Photo: Jim Mullay

THE LERWICK Lifeboat came to the aid of a scallop dredger on Tuesday afternoon after it suffered engine problems.

The lifeboat was launched at around 3.45pm and reached the 16-metre local vessel Renown 50 minutes later.

She was about two and a half nautical miles north of Whalsay.

The decision was made to take the vessel under tow, with the boat brought alongside the quayside in the north of Lerwick Harbour at around 8pm.

Coxswain Stephen Manson said: “The crew of this scallop dredger did the right thing by contacting the coastguard when they realised that they had engine problems.

“We were pleased to be able to assist and we’re glad that the vessel is now safely in harbour, rather than anything worse.”

It was the second time this week the Lerwick Lifeboat towed a vessel to safety.

The Renown is being taken under tow by the Lerwick lifeboat two miles north of Whalsay on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: RNLI

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