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Islay RNLI called to sailing barge adrift off Jura

Lifeboats News Release

The Islay RNLI all-weather Severn lifeboat Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II was requested to launch by Coastguard UK yesterday (04th August) at 10:05am to a 15m sailing barge that had lost power and was drifting in the Sound of Jura, northeast of Skervuile lighthouse.

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Islay RNLI assist sailing barge to Crinan

The volunteer RNLI crew arrived on scene at 11.05am whereupon a crew member was put on board the casualty vessel to assess and assist in the situation. The decision was made to tow the sailing barge with two persons on board to the nearest safe and suitable port at Crinan.

Upon arrival at Crinan the casualty vessel was safely moored with assistance from the boatyard and local Coastguard rescue team.

Islay RNLI relief coxswain, Mark Scott, commented: “The volunteer Islay crew would like to extend a thank you to those vessels in the vicinity who offered assistance and to Crinan boatyard staff who helped us out, along with the local coastguard.”.

The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II returned to Port Askaig where it was refuelled and ready for service by 4.00pm.

Remember, if you get into difficulty at sea or notice anyone in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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