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Islay volunteers rescue six people on board yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Islay RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew rescued six people, including two children,whose yacht had run onto a charted rock on an ebb tide at the south end of the Sound of Islay.

Her captain chose to stay on board the heavily listing, 16m sailing boat Anjela.

The all-weather lifeboat Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit 11 was launched 18 minutes past midnight on Tuesday 25 July in a medium wind, fair visibility and a relatively calm sea and reached the yacht 20 minutes later to find that she was listing heavily to port.

It was decided to evacuate all personnel by the lifeboat's smaller Yboat, except for the captain who wished to stay aboard,and take them back to Port Askaig until the tide should turn and rise enough to re-float the yacht.

At about 5.30am she floated off the rock, un-holed,and made her way safely back to Port Askaig escorted by the lifeboat.Afterwards her crew said how impressed they were by the help, care and attention that they had received from the RNLI volunteers.

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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