Kirkcudbright lifeboat had a busy day on Saturday 18 June 2016
Kirkcudbright lifeboat and her volunteer crew were called out twice in one day.
The first callout was at 08.15am with reports of red flares sighted off Burrow Head. A broken down angling boat was found by the Port William Inshore Rescue boat and taken on tow. The lifeboat was stood down before arriving on scene.
The second callout at 3.36pm was to another broken down Angling boat Vanya from Maryport, This breakdown was off Gipsy Point near Kirkcudbright Bay. There were two people on board from Cockermouth.
Apparently the engine went off with a loud bang throwing oil everywhere. The lifeboat towed the boat into Kirkcudbright Harbour. Luckily no-one had been hurt.
Kirkcudbright continues to look for more volunteer crew and a day like Saturday shows how vital the services is.
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