Helensburgh volunteers alerted after a yacht goes adrift
The UK Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat at 6.50pm on Thursday 20 July after a report was received that a 27’ yacht, with one person on board, was drifting towards the shore close to the Cove Sailing Club.
Apparently the owner had been returning the yacht to its mooring when the outboard engine failed. Once on scene the lifeboat crew rigged a stern tow and pulled the yacht off the beach and then secured it back on its mooring, thereafter landing the owner back on shore.
No apparent damage had been caused to the yacht’s hull. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 8.14pm.
RNLI Media Contacts: Keith Shipman, Helensburgh volunteer lifeboat press officer, 0775 361905.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.