VIDEO - Lifeboat aids vessel taking on water near St Kilda

At 1822 hours, on Wednesday 11th June, Stornoway Coastguard requested the launch of Leverburgh Lifeboat, after a report that a boat was taking on water five nautical miles north west of St Kilda.

The 11 metre passenger vessel (a RIB) was carrying eight passengers at the time.

Another passenger vessel, Orca III, ran by tour operator, Kilda Cruises, was on its way back from St Kilda when the call for assistance was made, and so they turned back and headed for the casualty vessel.

On arriving at the scene, the passengers on the RIB were transferred to the Orca III, which then began to tow the casualty vessel.

The Leverburgh Lifeboat met the two vessels shortly after, and took the casualty vessel under tow, and back to Leverburgh. The Orca III took the passengers back to Leverburgh Pier, and then ferried them to Skye.

RNLB The Royal Thames was back in Leverburgh at approx 0100 hours.

With St Kilda being approximately 45 miles west of Harris, this is the furthest distance RNLB The Royal Thames has travelled on a shout.

The crew at Leverburgh Lifeboat Station would like to thank the operators at Kilda Cruises for their assistance last night.

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