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Arran RNLI aids in rescue of stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Arran RNLI responded to a stricken yacht that had come aground on the shore of Inchmarnock.

Arran RNLI in-shore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick launched at 1.30pm in response to a distress call from a yacht that had run aground to the NW of Inchmarnock.

When the Arran RNLI crew arrived on scene the yacht had been towed clear of the rocks by a passing vessel. The Arran crew then worked with the Tignabruaich RNLI crew to ensure the vessel was seaworthy before being escorted by Tignabruaich lifeboat.

Arran RNLI helm Mark Nelson said “Thankfully when we arrived on scene the yacht had been assisted by a passing vessel but we still wanted to ensure the vessel and her crew were fit to continue on their journey before departing.”

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