Dawn shout for Islay RNLI in search for overdue yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Severn class Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II launched this morning at 5.10am (Sunday 16th May) to aid in the search of a 17ft sailing yacht in Loch Sween. The yacht was reported overdue by a family member when they had not heard from them at the expected time.

Tayvallich harbour from Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II


Tayvallich harbour from Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II

Sailing in favourable conditions, the Islay crew arrived at Loch Sween, near Lochgilphead, to assist in the search. Oban RNLI, Tarbert Coastguard and the Coastguard UK rescue helicopter from Preswick were also tasked to the incident. After searching the loch, the Islay RNLI Severn class steered into Tayvallich harbour where further communication with the Coastguard and a local boat in the harbour located the yacht safely moored there.

The person on board was well and their family informed and reassured. Islay RNLI coxswain, David MacLellan, says: ‘It was a good result on this occasion to find the boat safely moored. The concerned family member was right to call the Coastguard and we are pleased all was well”.

Islay RNLI were stood down, returning to Port Askaig where once refuelled the lifeboat was ready for service by 9.10am.

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