Highlands & Islands

Pentland Firth cargo vessel loses power in gale

Thurso lifeboat and cargo vessel Norholm
Image caption The Norholm lost power in winds of up storm force ten

Thurso lifeboat has gone to the assistance of a ship drifting towards the Caithness coast in severe weather.

The cargo vessel Norholm requested assistance after its engines failed at about 04:20 on Sunday.

The lifeboat made its way to the Norholm in gale force nine to storm force ten winds, heavy rain and a five metre swell.

After the ship recovered limited engine power, the RNLI lifeboat escorted it to Scrabster harbour.

Seven people on board the Norholm were unhurt in the incident.

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