Lochinver and Thurso Lifeboat Stations
When the crew of a stricken cargo boat found themselves pushed towards Cape Wrath in treacherous Winter seas, Lochinver and Thurso lifeboats launched to rescue them from danger.
The engines had failed on live fish carrier Norholm and they were drifting towards the rocks. As conditions worsened and the Lochinver crew struggled to tow the vessel, and needed to transfer to the larger Thurso lifeboat when it arrived on scene. The Thurso took over the rescue in one of the worst storms they’d ever seen. The crews were knocked and pulled around by crashing waves and a 13-hour rescue ensued to bring the Norholm’s crew back safely. It was a shout that tested both crews and earned Lochinver Coxswain David MacAskill an RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry.
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‘We had to go out to open seas, where the swell was around 8m. It was horrendous going and all seven crew in the lifeboat were really knocked about.’
– Thurso Coxswain William ‘Wing’ Munroe