Islay volunteers help commercial fishing vessel with mechanical failure
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.'
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