Arran and Troon RNLI Lifeboats assist in rescue of sailing vessel in distress.

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.00pm on Tuesday 18 May the Arran RNLI Lifeboat crew were paged to respond to a Pan-Pan distress call from a sailing vessel south of Arran.

Arran RNLI in-shore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick launched at 9pm and made way to the South of Arran and after establishing radio communication with the distressed vessel located her NE of Pladda.

After locating the vessel, it was apparent that the crew had encountered mechanical difficulties but had managed to effect repairs on their vessel.

As the vessel was destined for Troon the Belfast Coastguard team contacted the Troon RNLI Lifeboat crew and they responded arriving on scene to escort the sailing vessel to Troon harbour. The Arran RNLI crew was then stood down and returned to station.

Arran RNLI helm Tim Crockett said “Mechanical failures can happen at any time and we appreciate how distressing this kind of situation can be. Thankfully everyone onboard the vessel was well and could continue to their destination with the assistance of our colleagues at Troon RNLI.”

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