First call of 2019 for Arran RNLI

Lifeguards News Release

Arran RNLI’s volunteer crew had their first call of 2019 as they responded to reports of a yacht run aground.

At 2.45pm the pagers sounded as an unattended yacht had drifted aground in Lamlash Bay.

This was the 1st tasking for Arran RNLI’s volunteer crew this year and thanks to the local community and the Arran Coastguard team the crew had an exact position for the vessel before launching and were quickly on scene. After assessing the vessel it was clear that while she was aground and could become a potential navigational hazard at high tide, she was sound and could be safely refloated. The Arran RNLI crew then towed the vessel into deeper water before safety placing her on a mooring in Lamlash Bay.

Arran RNLI crew member Sam Bourne said, "This was a straightforward start to 2019 for us and we’re just happy that the vessel hadn’t taken much damage and we could safety attach her to a mooring, We particularly thank the local community and Arran Coastguard team for their assistance locating the vessel before we launched, it made the whole callout proceed much more smoothly."

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