Arran RNLI Crew Raise Alarm and Rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Arran RNLI’s crew showed that they not only respond to rescues but raise the alarm when required as well.

At 2.57pm on Saturday the 24th of August Arran RNLI’s volunteer inshore lifeboat crew was called to the aid of a small vessel which was adrift near Brodick Pier.

The Arran RNLI crew assembled and launched the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick to come to the assistance of the vessel which had suffered engine failure and was adrift near the pier in Brodick Bay. Once arriving on scene the Arran RNLI crew towed the vessel towards a mooring within Brodick Bay. Unusually one of the Arran RNLI helms raised the alarm as he spotted the vessel in trouble while at his work at the Calmac ferry terminal.

Arran RNLI helm Tim Crockett said; "It was a bit odd calling an emergency in and seeing the crew respond, I'm much more used to being on the boat that watching it! It was good to be able to see things from a different angle it really shows how important the professionalism and level of training the crew have here are Arran RNLI."

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