First Call for New Crew At Arran RNLI
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.”
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.