RNLI Tighnabruaich lifeboat launches to assist yacht
Volunteer RNLI crew responded to a shout on Sunday 23 May, launching the inshore lifeboat in response to Belfast Coastguard’s call to assist a yacht struggling with the conditions in Loch Fyne
Just before 2pm on an unseasonably cold and blustery afternoon, the inshore lifeboat set out for Loch Fyne. Fortunately the yacht made it to the safety and shelter of Portavadie marina and the lifeboat consequently returned to station.
Helm Ewan Sim reported that weather conditions on route were very challenging with south easterly winds reaching 25 – 30 + knots, and swell of 3 – 4 meters between Arlamont and Skate Island commenting: 'It was a good first shout for the crew to familiarise themselves with heavy weather. Boat and crew performed well for the conditions. It is important to be aware of tide times and conditions when on or near the water, particularly as more people return to the sea for leisure as Covid restrictions.'
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.