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First Call for New Crew At Arran RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

One of Arran RNLI’s newest crewmembers had their first call to action as the crew responded to a stricken yacht near Corrie.

At 1.05pm on Thursday the 8th of November Arran RNLI’s volunteer inshore lifeboat crew had to respond with haste as the pagers sounded to reports of a vessel in difficulty and possibly sinking off the coast of Corrie.

The Arran RNLI crew assembled and launched the relief inshore lifeboat Martin Harvey to Corrie to establish the condition of the vessel and determine the best course of action. After arriving on scene the decision was made to tow the vessel into a safe port of harbour at North Corrie quay. This was a noteworthy callout as it marked new crewmember Caroline McGinlay’s first ‘shout’ with Arran RNLI.

Caroline said “Today’s rescue shows the value of the regular training we undertake. Upon reaching the stricken vessel, which had taken on water, the decision was quickly made to bring her in to harbour towing alongside. As this was something we did just last night in training it was great to see it done for real on my first shout.”

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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