Islay RNLI called to yacht aground in Sound of Gigha

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Severn class Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II launched this morning at 10.34am (Tuesday 1st June) to assist a yacht with 2 persons on board. The yacht had run aground on rock in the north of the Sound of Gigha.

The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II ALB

RNLI/Kate Hannett

The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II ALB

The Islay lifeboat made way in good conditions; however, upon reaching the end of the Sound of Islay was stood down. Calmac Ferries Isle of Arran passenger ferry had been close by and deployed their fast rescue craft to offer assistance to the vessel.

The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II returned to Port Askaig, was refuelled and ready for service again.

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Kate Hannett, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Islay RNLI on 07415 599194 or emailkate_hannett@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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