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Islay RNLI launch to yacht in distress

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday (August 20th) Islay RNLI’s volunteer crew were requested to launch by Coastguard UK to the aid of a yacht with a failed engine several miles off the south coast of Islay.

Troubled yacht in the distance in water

RNLI/Duncan MacGillivray

The yacht was off the south coast of Islay

The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II left Port Askaig at 3.24pm making way down the Sound of Islay towards The Oa. Upon reaching the casualty vessel the decision was made that the 33ft yacht should be towed to the nearest safe and suitable port, Port Ellen. The local Coastguard Rescue Team were on scene to assist in safely securing the casualty vessel.

Over four hours later the RNLI lifeboat returned to Port Askaig and was ready for service by 8.10pm.

RNLI Media Contacts

For further information, please contact:

Kate Hannett, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Islay RNLI on 07415 599194 or email[email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or [email protected]

RNLI Press Office 01202 336789 or [email protected]

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