A local boatman has been praised for acting professionally and with great care towards his passengers after his vessel encountered difficulties on Sunday.​

The tripper boat Surprise had 48 passengers on board when she started taking in water close to the Western Rocks and a Mayday call was issued.


On arrival at the scene the St Mary's lifeboat transferred a crewman with a salvage pump to the Surprise, while local boatman Mark Bromham in an Orkney, the pilot rib Pegasus and the fishing vessel Pioneer were in the process of transferring the passengers to safety and were soon joined by the ambulance boat.


The lifeboat then collected all the passengers to take an accurate head count and ensure there was no injuries or illness.


Meanwhile, the Surprise headed back towards St Mary’s under her own steam with the pilot rib in attendance.


The local lifeboat reported that the Skipper and crew of the Surprise remained professional throughout the incident and acted with great care towards the passengers, all of whom were equipped with a life jacket and remained in good spirits.

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