Tighnabruaich lifeboat works with RNLI Largs to assist broken down yacht

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Tighnabruaich launched their inshore lifeboat on Tuesday 19 April at the request of the UK Coastguard to assist a casualty vessel with three persons on board, adrift with gearbox failure around three miles off Ardlamont Point.

The RNLI Tighnabruaich ILB James and Helen Mason at sea


The James and Helen Mason

Shore crew were already at Tighnabruaich station undertaking training assessments when the pagers sounded just after 5pm, and the assembled volunteer crew launched the James and Helen Mason.

Following assessment an RNLI crew member was put on board and the yacht taken under tow to ensure safety. The size of the stricken vessel dictated that the nearest suitable harbour was Ardrossan. The Tighnabruaich crew rendezvoused with colleagues from RNLI Largs station off the South end of Bute, with the Largs crew taking over the tow onward to Ardrossan. There the yacht’s crew could make arrangements for the casualty vessel to be lifted from the water.

Following the safe transfer to RNLI Largs, Tighnabruaich’s crew headed back toward the station with a couple of unexpected encounters along the way. A detached mooring was spotted drifting in the channel off Carry Point and the crew took this aboard to prevent any danger to other passing vessels, to land out of harms way at the station.

On approach and with the launch tractor sat ready to bring the ILB ashore, crew member Graham Smart who was sitting his tractor driving final assessment was kept waiting as the lifeboat slowed having been joined by a pod of dolphins who swam alongside as it returned to shore. The boat then returned to station, was refuelled, cleaned and made ready for next service.

Tighnabruaich helm Garry Coyle commented “it was my brother in law as helm on the Largs boat, so it was a bit of a family affair with the flank station”. RNLI boat and shore crew are volunteers, and rescue launches depend on them, the generous support of their communities and those who donate to the charity that saves lives at sea.

At sea undertaking the tow of a broken down vessel


Undertaking a tow to assist stricken yacht

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