Islay RNLI lifeboat helps in search for missing surfer

Lifeboats News Release

Islay RNLI lifeboat Helmut Schröder of Dunlossit was launched at 4.22pm on Monday 1 May in response to Belfast Coastguard’s request for help in locating a surfer who had gone missing the previous day off the Campbeltown coast.

Mark Scott, the Relief Coxswain, took the lifeboat with a crew of seven to join the Campbeltown and Red Bay lifeboats and a helicopter in their search patterns off Machrihanish Bay trying to find the surfer.

The surfer had last been seen in the St Catherines area of Argyll at 9am on Sunday 30 April.

Finally he was located by the helicopter crew 13 miles from the coast, winched to safety and taken to hospital in Belfast to be checked over.

Mark Scott said: ‘An excellent outcome by all members of the rescue services involved in the effort to locate the missing person.’

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