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Islay RNLI called to casualty on yacht

Lifeboats News Release

At 11.09pm yesterday (Tuesday 9 August) Islay RNLI were called to assist with a medical evacuation from a yacht at anchor off Crinan, north of Islay. The Coastguard UK rescue helicopter was also on scene.

RNLI/Duncan MacGillivray

Moonlight sailing for Islay RNLI

The Islay RNLI lifeboat Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II launched with eight volunteer crew under a clear night sky and conditions were calm to make their way quickly north.

The crew made good speed up the Sound of Islay reaching the northern end of Jura when they were stood down. The casualty had been successfully transferred to shore on scene.

The volunteer crew returned to Port Askaig where once refuelled they were ready for service and ready for bed at 1.45am.

RNLI/Graham Paterson

Flat calm at Port Askaig to refuel

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