Islay RNLI called to yacht off Isle of Jura
Islay’s volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 2.50pm yesterday (July 03rd) to assess the situation of a yacht who had lost steerage in Loch Tarbert, off the west coast of Jura.
In fine conditions, the Severn class ‘Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II’ made good speed to Loch Tarbert. The yacht was without means of steerage with only one person on board. Once on scene, it was deemed necessary to tow the 37ft vessel to the nearest safe and suitable port. An RNLI crew member was transferred onto the casualty vessel to assist back to Islay.
The yacht was towed to Port Askaig, where it could moor safely overnight. The Islay Coastguard were on scene to assist with berthing the casualty vessel. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again by 5.30pm.
If out at sea whether on a boat, kayak, SUP or by any other means always ensure you have a way of calling for help if required. This could be a VHF radio, personal locator beacon or mobile phone. If you believe someone to be in trouble at sea or on the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard right away.
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.