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Old 16 March 2008, 10:19   #1
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Lifeboat rescues marine tourists

A group of sightseers whose boat got into difficulties off Scotland's northernmost coast have been brought safely ashore by lifeboat.
The rigid inflatable boat, with 11 people on board, including seven passengers, developed engine trouble in the Pentland Firth at about 1100 GMT.
Shetland Coastguard, which co-ordinated the rescue, said the tides in the area were treacherous.
It said the boat had been at risk of being swept out to sea.
The boat developed engine trouble near the Island of Swona.
People visit the area to observe the scenery and marine life. Stromness Lifeboat, which had been on a training exercise in Scapa Flow, was diverted to come to the rescue. It took the passengers on board and towed the disabled boat into John O'Groats.
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Old 17 March 2008, 10:47   #2
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Yes, I remember going on this boat.
1 The boat itself
2 Going into a cave (the boat was 10m long, the cave 10.5m wide-it turned round inside the cave-remarkable what you can do with waterjets).
3 This is what will happen to you if "you get it wrong" up there. Yes, that's the remains of a large ship!!
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Old 18 March 2008, 09:20   #3
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Yeah thats the one, not the first time that it has had to be towed back ashore.

Got to helm her a couple of years back major fun at 36 knots it would stop in one boat length and spin on the spot.

We have also had a new company set up on the East Coast offering sight seeing tours from Wick down to Latheron.
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