Islay RNLI called to capsized dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Severn class Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II was requested to launch this afternoon at 2.05pm (Monday 21st June) to a report of 2 persons in the water after a dinghy capsized off the coast of Colonsay.

RNLI/Billy Stitchell

Islay's all-weather lifeboat returning from Colonsay

On reaching the scene the Islay lifeboat was alerted that a local boat had picked up the casualties. They were then transferred ashore and into the care of the local medical team. Two of the RNLI crew’s Sea-going Casualty Carers were tasked to transfer at Scalasaig pier to make sure the casualties were okay and that no further assistance was required.

With all crew back on board, the The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II returned to station at Port Askaig. While refuelling a second call came in to assist a vessel aground off the south coast of Islay. This request was stood down and once refuelled the lifeboat ready for service again.

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