Tighnabruaich lifeboat responds to mayday from kayaker
RNLI Tighnabruaich launched their inshore lifeboat on Tuesday 27 October at the request of the UK Coastguard, to investigate a mayday call received by Cal Mac MV Catriona.
The vessel in distress was a solitary kayak in the vicinity of Portavadie on Loch Fyne. The vessel and occupant were assisted by a local fish farm boat and taken ashore where Kames Coastguard and Rescue Team were on hand to support the casualty.
The lifeboat was turned back before arrival at the scene as the casualty had already been assisted to shore, and the Coastguard volunteer team provided casualty care necessary due to the inclement conditions. Lifeboat and volunteer crew returned to station and made ready for next service.
The Coastguard advises ‘If venturing near or onto the water be aware of conditions and deteriorating light, carry a mobile phone. HMCG and RNLI volunteers are on call 24/7 - 365 days a year, Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard for any Coastal Emergencies”.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.