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Henry WeaverRNLI Press Officer
The lifeboat used rough co-ordinates from the coastguard and the signal from the EPIRB to locate the stricken yacht and were on scene within 45 minutes of the authorities begin alerted
Lifeboats News Release
The volunteer lifeboat crew from Mallaig were paged at 9:30pm yesterday (Wednesday 1 August) and immediately launched to rescue the French crew from their capsized catamaran off the Isle of Skye.
The catamaran got into difficulty North of Mallaig, it is believed that the adverse weather conditions caused the vessel to capsize and it had become completely inverted. The incident unfolded so quickly that the crew were unable to call for help on the radio or release a distress flare.The coastguard was alerted by the activation of the EPIRB (emergency position-indicating radio beacon) and requested the launch of the Mallaig all-weather lifeboat.The lifeboat used rough co-ordinates from the coastguard and the signal from the EPIRB to locate the stricken yacht and were on scene within 45 minutes of the authorities begin alerted.Michael Ian Currie is Coxswain on the Mallaig lifeboat. Michael said, ‘Once we knew we were close we used the radio signal from the EPIRB to locate the vessel and after a short time she emerged out of the rain and murk.’The inflatable Y-boat was launched and the two women and five men were rescued from the upturned hull of the yacht and brought safely to the lifeboat where they were seen to by Dennis Eddie. Dennis is a full time paramedic and volunteers on the lifeboat crew.No one was injured; the lifeboat returned all casualties safely to shore.VideoThe video accompanying this news release was taken from the Mallaig all-weather lifeboat and is credited to the RNLI.RNLI media contacts:Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903, firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026, email@example.com
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