Arbroath RNLI volunteers tasked to an early morning yacht rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Arbroath’s all weather lifeboat ‘Inchcape’ launched at 4.18am on Saturday morning (15 June) to assist a 37ft yacht suffering from engine troubles 5 miles south of Arbroath harbour.

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ALB towing yacht
The yacht was swiftly located and a crewman transferred aboard to ensure the safety of the three persons onboard and to attach the tow line.

The yacht was taken in tow back to Arbroath harbour where they were met by volunteers on the inshore lifeboat to assist manoeuvring the vessel through the harbour and alongside the visitors berth of the harbours new pontoons.

Michael Marr, Coxswain at Arbroath, said: ‘The skipper of the yacht did the right thing by calling the Coastgaurd in plenty of time. They were under sail and all wearing life jackets when we arrived on scene. We urge people to always ensure they have a means of calling for help, and always wear a life jacket whilst out on the water. This was also the first callout in our new Helly Hansen kit, which performed brilliantly’.

Once the lifeboats were recovered and made ready for service the dedicated volunteer crew headed home before returning a short time later for their weekly training exercise.

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