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Arbroath lifeboat tows yacht to Tayport

Lifeboats News Release

Arbroath’s all-weather lifeboat was called into action on Tuesday (16th May) to assist in towing a yacht from the River Tay to Tayport harbour.

Arbroath ALB tows 8m yacht

RNLI/Rod McLean

Arbroath ALB tows 8m yacht

A request for assistance was received from UK Coastguard and the lifeboat launched at 2.10pm.

The 8 metre yacht, with three people on board, had suffered a steering problem in the River Tay.

With the help of Broughty Ferry’s inshore lifeboat, the Arbroath crew got the yacht under tow and towed it safely to Tayport harbour, arriving at 3.50pm.

There were no injuries.

Arbroath’s lifeboat returned to station around 5pm.


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