Kippford RNLI rescue broken down rib

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Kippford RNLI launched just before 3.30pm on Sunday 25th July to reports of a broken down vessel in the Rough Firth area.

RNLI/Laura Wilson

The volunteer crew at Kippford RNLI launched just before 3.30pm on Sunday 25th July to reports of a broken down vessel in the Rough Firth area.

Arriving on scene in D-854 ‘Ronnie Sinclair’ the crew found 2 people on board a small rib which had lost engine power. The vessel was struggling to make headway back to Kippford against the ebbing tide.

After confirming that both persons on board were unharmed the helm John Robertson assessed the options and decided that the safest resolution was to take the rib under tow and return it to Kippford.

The rib was recovered just after 4pm with assistance of the RNLI shore crew and the persons onboard expressed their gratitude for the assistance provided.

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For further information, please contact:

Laura Wilson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Kippford RNLI on 07756 125917 or email laura_wilson@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press Office 01202 336789 or pressoffice@rnli.org.uk


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