RNLI Crews Battle 10-Meter Seas to Reach Disabled Cargo Ship

Rob Almeida
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April 14, 2014

Rescuers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) spent many hours this past weekend battling through big seas to reach and support the disabled 88-meter cargo ship, Wilson Gdynia.   The vessel reported they had lost steerage to Stornoway Coastguard on Saturday morning while in heavy seas 20 miles west of Skerryvore Lighthouse, an isolated outpost of Scotland Inner Hebrides archipelago.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain Andrew McHaffie commented on the conditions, “This was a long shout in difficult conditions with seas of up to ten metres at times.”

The following is a video taken by the RNLI:

The anchor handling tug Balder Viking was dispatched from Aberdeen and has since reached the vessel early this morning to take it under tow.

The cargo ship has eight crew on board according to the RNLI.

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