Wedding reception cut short for RNLI Islay volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

The crew of the Islay lifeboat, attending the wedding of their Chief Mechanic, David McArthur, had to leave the reception early to answer a call from the Coastguards and Police.

They had to help ascertain the whereabouts of a missing person believed to be walking in an isolated area of the coast who had failed to report in.

Islay RNLI all-weather lifeboat Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit launched at 10.33pm on Saturday 29 April, with five Coastguards and a Police Officer on board, in a brisk wind but good visibility and searched the Islay shore from Dunlossit to Baldys Bay at the south end of the Sound of Islay.

At Baldys Bay lights were seen in the bothy there so the Y boat was launched with two crew members, a Coastguard and the Police Officer who, on going ashore, found the person safe and well.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 15 minutes past midnight with the crew very pleased at the successful outcome.

RNLI media contacts: Heather Dewar, RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer at Islay, on 01496 840600 (H) and Islay lifeboat station on 01496 840608, email

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