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RNLI Tighnabruaich called out to assist motor yacht adrift in strong winds

Lifeboats News Release

On the afternoon of Saturday 20 June, RNLI lifeboat volunteers responded to a pager alert from the Coastguard to assist a large vessel which, having lost engine power, was adrift in Loch Fyne.

RNLI lifeboat gives tow to large motor yacht

RNLI/Jane Boyd

RNLI Tighnabruaich lifeboat with stricken vessel
With winds gusting 25-30 knots, their proximity to the rocky shore was threatening the safety of the vessel and its seven crew as the inshore lifeboat (ILB) arrived on scene in the area of Crispie Bay.

With Kames Coastguard Rescue Team in attendance on shore to support if necessary, the RNLI crew quickly assessed the situation liaising with the yacht's crew to set up to tow them to safety.

Given the strength of both wind and swell, and the size of the casualty vessel, the James and Helen Mason ILB slowly gave tow to a distance clear of any danger so the boat could safely anchor and await the assistance of an engineer.

RNLI helm Ewan Sim said the boat was 'the biggest we have ever towed to my knowledge.'

The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station and made ready for further service, with both crew and equipment subject to additional cleaning measures to combat the potential spread of coronavirus.

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