Islay RNLI Lifeboat Called to the Aid of a Motor Cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

Islay RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were called by Belfast Coastguard to find and help the crew of a motor cruiser that appeared to be unable to navigate and was lost in bad weather.

Islay lifeboat

RNLI/Graham Paterson

Islay lifeboat

On Tuesday 25 September the lifeboat was paged at 2.43pm by Belfast Coastguard who had been notified that a 40 foot motor cruiser, with four of a crew and a dog, was somewhere off the West Coast of Islay and had a navigational system failure. Subsequently it was discovered that she was in fact off the south east coast of Jura.

Although conditions in the Sound of Islay were reasonably calm at the time, it was very stormy in the open water south of Islay and Jura and the cruiser was taking on some water. By the time that the Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II had located her she was safely alongside the pontoons in Craighouse Bay with the local coastguards in attendance. Having ascertained that the cruiser was no longer in danger the lifeboat was able to return to the station and was made ready for service again at 4.40pm

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Heather Dewar, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Islay, on 01496 840600 (H) and Islay lifeboat station on 01496 840608,

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639,

Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07771 943026,

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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