Video: RNLI Stromness helps fishing vessel in storm

By Accidents

A RNLI Stromness team has overcome exceptionally high waves to reach and assist a fishing vessel in a stormy weather off Orkney.

On Wednesday, at around 5:30 a.m. local time, the 33-metre O Genita sent a distress call some 20 nm west-north-west of Westray. The 16-man crew reported that the O Genita had a bridge windows smashed and malfunction to some of their onboard equipment as a result of the severe weather in the area.

At the time of the accident, the wind speeds in the are were force 7. Furthermore, there were squally showers and lightning. According to a spokesperson of the Shetland Coastguard, the vessel was told to alter her course and head for shelter somewhere off Westray.

"The RNLI all-weather lifeboat from Stromness was sent to the scene to assist. As a precaution, the coastguard helicopter from Sumburgh stood by at Westray airport and the Westray Coastguard Rescue Team was also alerted," the spokesperson added.

Having been escorted by the lifeboat, O'Genita reached safely Pierowall in Westray around noon.

RNLI Stromness Lifeboat helps O Genita

Video: RNLI Stromness