Leverburgh Lifeboat was launched at 1935 hours, on Wednesday 31st July, to assist a grounded fishing vessel at Griminish, North Uist. The 8m vessel had grounded on a reef at the entrance to Griminish Harbour, and was taking on water.
On arrival, two Lifeboat crew members were transferred onto the casualty with a salvage pump. The vessel was pumped dry and successfully refloated on the flood tide. The RNLB The Royal Thames then escorted the vessel to Griminish Pier. No damage was sustained.
Leverburgh Lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service again by 0120 hours this morning.
This was the second shout for the crew at Leverburgh in just over 24 hours. On Tuesday evening the RNLB The Royal Thames was called to assist a 24m vessel which had grounded on a reef in Loch Rodel, South Harris.
The crew of the lifeboat stood by while the vessel re floated on the rising tide. The vessel was then escorted to Leverburgh pier to allow for an assessment to be made regarding any damage sustained.
Leverburgh Lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service again at 0000 hours.