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Arbroath lifeboat crew assist Swedish yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Arbroath’s inshore lifeboat was launched on Saturday morning (10th June) following reports that a yacht had become entangled in fishing gear around a mile from the town’s harbour.

Arbroath ILB

Arbroath RNLI

Arbroath ILB
A request for assistance was received at 10.45am and the volunteer RNLI crew launched the inshore lifeboat, making their way quickly to the Swedish vessel that had two people and two dogs on board.

With conditions becoming increasingly challenging attempts were made to release a trapped creel float. Unfortunately all attempts were unsuccessful and the decision was made to cut the yacht free with the float still in place.

The yacht was then escorted under its own power safely into Arbroath harbour, arriving around 12.45pm.

There were no casualties.

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