RNLI rescues stricken yacht north of Orkney


Shetland coastguard's rescue helicopter flew through the volcanic ash cloud during the night to help in the rescue of a yacht north of Orkney.

The Black Sheep had been heading to the Faroe Islands, but ran into difficulty in rough waters after its autopilot broke and the single-man crew suffered exhaustion while trying to handle the 25ft yacht in 50mph winds.

The Rescue 102 helicopter located the vessel and called out the Kirkwall lifeboat to provide a tow back to Westray.

Following the incident the helicopter returned to Sumburgh and was taken out of service so that ash could be cleaned from its airframe and engine.

Footage from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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