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RNLI Islay lifeboat called out to rowers in difficulty from Northern Ireland

Lifeboats News Release

The Islay lifeboat Helmut Schroder II of Dunlossit with relief coxswain Mark Criddle and a crew of four, was paged by Belfast Coastguard at 4.31pm on Wednesday 29 March to go to the aid of an Atlantic rowing boat.

Islay lifeboat


Islay lifeboat

The crew of five rowers raising money for the RNLI had been overcome with fatigue and sea sickness and had problems with their small electric engine while rowing from Portrush in Northern Ireland to Bowmore on Islay.

The lifeboat took them in tow from the south west of the Mull of Oa and towed them to the safety of Port Ellen.

Mark Criddle, who is from Torbay, said that the crew and lifeboat performed very well in favourable conditions.

RNLI media contacts: Heather Dewar, volunteer lifeboat press officer for RNLI Islay, 01496 840600.

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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