Arran and Campbeltown RNLI rescue stricken Yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Arran and Campbeltown RNLI crews had to work in tandem to come to the rescue of a stricken yacht that had run aground.

At 10.22am on Wednesday the 2nd of May Arran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat crew had to respond quickly as the pagers sounded to calls of a yacht in distress.

The Arran RNLI crew assembled and launched the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick to the shore at Kimory to locate and assist the yacht that had run aground in the poor weather conditions. After arriving on scene the Campbeltown RNLI crew recovered the crew of the yacht to their all weather lifeboat Ernest and Mary Shaw while the Arran RNLI crew boarded the stricken yacht to assess it. Despite the poor conditions after being assessed by the Arran RNLI crew the yacht was towed to open water where it was judged seaworthy enough to be towed back to Campbeltown.

Arran RNLI helm Tim Crockett said “We’re always happy when a callout ends well and having the opportunity to work with our colleagues at Campbeltown makes this callout particularly memorable.”

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