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Islay RNLI assist yacht aground off Colonsay

Lifeboats News Release

At 04.14am this morning (Thursday 9th September) the Islay RNLI lifeboat launched to assist a boat aground off the north coast of Colonsay.

Islay lifeboat heads home at day break

RNLI/Duncan MacGillivray

Islay lifeboat heads home at day break

The casualty vessel was on rocks close to shore near Balnahard. The Helmut Schroeder of Dunlossit II made good speed to the yacht, which had one person on board. In communication with Colonsay Coastguard Team and the stricken boat, the RNLI crew made the decision it was safe to rig a temporary bow tow to pull the yacht to deeper water. Once all was deemed well the volunteer crew returned to Port Askaig where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service again.

RNLI Media Contacts

For further information, please contact:

Kate Hannett, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Islay RNLI on 07415 599194 or email[email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or [email protected]

RNLI Press Office 01202 336789 or [email protected]

Towing the casualty yacht

RNLI/David MacLellan

Towing the casualty yacht

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