RNLI Tighnabruaich Lifeboat Launches to Assist Stricken Vessels
Volunteer RNLI crew responded to two shouts in 24 hours, as easing of restrictions brings more people to the sea for leisure.
A call out on Saturday 5 June at 3.04 pm saw the lifeboat heading toward the North of Arran where a broken down sailing vessel with two persons on board had contacted the UK Coastguard for assistance. Whilst the lifeboat was en route the casualty vessel had been taken under tow by a passing yacht. However, in light of improving conditions and in discussion with the sailing vessel’s crew, the choice was made to proceed under sail for their original destination.
The lifeboat stood by as the sailing vessel got under way, ensuring the crew were comfortable proceeding without further assistance, and maintained observation as the ILB returned to Tighnabruaich station, refuelled and was made ready for service.
A second call out came on Sunday 6 June at 1.47pm this time to a stricken motorboat which had lost steering in the Ettrick Bay area off West Bute. With the vessel unable to control it's direction, the helm of the lifeboat made the decision that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties. The vessel was returned to a mooring by Tighnabruaich station where it’s crew would be able to seek mechanical assistance. The inshore lifeboat James and Helen Mason then returned to station, the crew stood down, and the lifeboat made ready for service.
Mechanical failure is the single biggest cause of rescue call outs to sailing and motor cruisers. Regular maintenance is the best means of spotting potential problems before setting sail. In an emergency at sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.