Islay volunteers help commercial fishing vessel with mechanical failure

Lifeboats News Release

Islay RNLI lifeboat towed the 16m catamaran and her crew of two to safety after she had suffered steering failure between Nave Island and Colonsay while on passage from Killybegs in Ireland to Lowestoft.

Islay’s Severn class lifeboat, Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit 11,launched with a crew of seven at 5 pm and reached the catamaran in 45 minutes in poor visibility and took her in tow to Port Askaig to effect repairs.

The boat’s skipper said, ‘The RNLI crew were so professional, kept in contact and were very accommodating. He also said that the firm to whom the boat belongs has said that they will make a donation to the RNLI.'

RNLI media contacts: Heather Dewar, RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer at Islay, on 01496 840600 (H) and Islay lifeboat station on 01496 840608, email

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager 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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