RNLI Tighnabruaich first rescue launch of 2020

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Tighnabruaich's inshore lifeboat responded to a call from the UK Coastguard at 8.26pm on Thursday evening (19 March) to assist a vessel in difficulty by Burnt Islands near Colintraive.

RNLI Tighnabruaich lifeboat launching

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RNLI Tighnabruaich lifeboat and launch tractor
The RNLI's four volunteer crew aboard the James and Helen Mason were on hand to help the vessel back to safe waters while local Coastguard crews, including volunteers from the neighbouring Kames station, supported from the shore ensuring the wellbeing of the stricken vessels crew.

The vessel itself was checked for damage and carried out tests to ensure it was able to continue and, accompanied by the lifeboat, proceeded on its journey toward Tarbert.

Lifeboat helm Garry Coyle advised "anyone experiencing difficulties at sea should contact the Coastguard in the first instance".

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RNLI lifeboat James and Helen Mason at sea

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RNLI lifeboat James and Helen Mason at sea

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