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Short Shout to Rescue Stricken Yacht

Lifeboats News Release

A quick response and short callout awaited the crew of Arran RNLI tonight as a yacht had difficulties in Lamlash Bay.

RNLI/Nemcsenyi Rita

At 3.45pm on Thursday the 22nd of November Arran RNLI’s volunteer inshore lifeboat crew responded extremely swiftly as the pagers sounded to a yacht in distress in Lamlash Bay.

The Arran RNLI crew assembled and launched the relief inshore lifeboat Martin Harvey to come to the aid of a vessel in Lamlash Bay. Thanks to the busy visitor moorings callouts to Lamlash Bay are not uncommon for the volunteer crew at Arran RNLI. However this call was particularly swift as the vessel had suffered engine failure shortly before she was due to come off the water and as such was very close to the Arran RNLI lifeboat station. The crew reached the vessel in short order and established a tow, bringing the vessel fully towards the shore before assisting in the vessels recovery.

Arran RNLI Helm Brian Donlin said “Today was very much a case of good luck, bad luck. It’s extremely unlucky for the vessel to have suffered mechanical failure so close to the shore but fortunately this meant we were able to get on scene and assist extremely quickly.”

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