First call for Leverburgh Lifeboat

A matter of hours after being officially made operational, Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat volunteer crew have responded to their first call-out.

Stornoway Coastguard requested the launch of Leverburgh’s Mersey class lifeboat, Lifetime Care, at 12.30pm on Saturday 12th May 2012.

Crew were called to assist a fishing vessel, Siolta, which had reported engine failure, south of Wiay Island, off Benbecula.

The lifeboat, already on exercise, was underway within one minute, and arrived in the area at approximately 2.30pm.

Leverburgh Lifeboat was released at 2.40pm, with the casualty safely alongside the pier at Peter’s Port, Benbecula.

Leverburgh Lifeboat Operations Manager John MacLean said: “We are pleased that Leverburgh lifeboat and volunteer crew have been able to assist on this occasion. This call-out, so soon after the station being made operational, confirms the need to have such a service in the area.”

Leverburgh Lifeboat returned to station, and was re-fuelled and ready for service again at 5.30pm.