Wick Lifeboat Aids Cargo Vessel Jomi
22nd November 2017
Wick Lifeboat called out by Shetland Coastguard at 09:35 this morning to go to the aid of a cargo vessel 'Jomi', half a mile offshore in Sinclair's Bay, Caithness. They had reported dragging its anchor in the Easterly swell and unable to get its engine started. The relief boat presently stationed at Wick made best speed to the scene. As the vessel was in danger of further slipping towards shore it was deemed best to call in the Wick lifeboat which was going to sea on trials following an electronics refit, to attend as well in the case of the vessel having to be towed to deeper and safer water.
As the lifeboats stood by, the tug Einar from Orkney Harbours was also called to the incident to tow the vessel to a safe haven. The Einar arrived on scene around 13:15 and with assistance from the lifeboat a tow was rigged and the cargo vessels anchors retrieved. The vessel was then towed to Scapa Flow for repairs.
Wick lifeboat returned to Wick around 14:30 and was once again made ready for service.
The Jomi was built in 1991 and has gross tonnage of 2827. The ship is registered in the Bahamas.
The JOMI with the tug Einar taken from Ackergill harbour.
Photographer - Bill Fernie