RNLI Tighnabruaich Lifeboat responds to dinghy requesting assistance
At 15.37 on August 7th, the inshore lifeboat launched after two persons found their dinghy had drifted as they fished and were unable to make headway back toward shore off Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne
A fishing vessel came to their aid and, on arrival at the scene the two casualties were transferred to Tighnabruaich lifeboat.
Uninjured but suffering from cold, they were assisted and passed safely on to Tarbert Coastguard. Having completed their duties, the lifeboat was returned to Tighnabruaich station and made ready for service
Many of the RNLI volunteer crew of Tighnabruaich lifeboat were attending training in the station at the time, facilitating a speedy launch. The training – in the use of on-board radio systems – allows crew to assist with rescue and liaise with other rescue services as they strive to improve safety and save lives at sea.
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.