RNLI Tighnabruaich launch on Hogmanay to rescue vessel adrift off Lochranza.

Lifeboats News Release

The final launch of 2021 for the volunteer crew, was in response to the report of a vessel adrift with motor running but no crew, from the Lochranza pontoon.

Launching from DODO trailer


Locating the drifting vessel in moderate to rough sea conditions with assistance from the Calmac ferry, the decision was made to transfer a lifeboat crew member aboard and bring the stricken vessel under control. With this achieved, it was possible to helm the vessel back to Lochranza under its own power, with the lifeboat maintaining a close position should further support be required. The vessel was reunited with her owner with Arran Coastguard Rescue Team in attendance. Tighnabruaich inshore lifeboat and crew were stood down, returned to station and made ready for next service.

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