Tighnabruaich lifeboat assists drifting yacht in challenging conditions
RNLI Tighnabruaich launched their inshore lifeboat at 9.30pm on Tuesday (5 October) at the request of the UK Coastguard to assist a yacht reporting loss of power on Loch Fyne with 5 persons on board.
On arrival, lifeboat crew assessed the 42ft sailing vessel and, in brisk winds, agreed the safest option was to tow the powerless vessel to nearby Tarbert.
Once assisted into Tarbert harbour and confirming the wellbeing of all on board, the vessel was assisted by Tarbert Coastguard who were awaiting it’s arrival. The lifeboat and volunteer crew returned to station and made ready for next service.
The Coastguard advises ‘If venturing near or onto the water be aware of conditions and deteriorating light, carry a mobile phone. HMCG and RNLI volunteers are on call 24/7 - 365 days a year, Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard for any Coastal Emergencies”.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.