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Lifeboat assists yacht with broken mast on Loch Ness

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteers were asked to assist the yacht which had got into trouble in rough weather.

The Loch Ness lifeboat crew were called out at 4.15pm on Wednesday to Altsigh and immediately set about making the de-masted yacht safe. Crew members detached the trailing sail and cut free the mast which had been in danger of capsizing the yacht. Back under control once again and with the engine running, the casualty yacht then returned to Fort Augustus under its own power, with all its hands safe and uninjured.
The Loch Ness lifeboat Colin James Daniel returned to base, refuelled and made ready for the next shout.
This was the first call out for new RNLI recruit David Ferguson who attended the situation with fellow crew member Linda Izquierdo Ross and Malcolm McNaught at Helm.

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