RNLI Campbeltown launch all-weather lifeboat to assist a yacht with a lost prop

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers of RNLI Campbeltown launched to assist the 14m yacht south of Davaar Island after it had lost a prop earlier that day and was then unable to use its sail due to lack of wind.

Campbeltown severn class lifeboat Ernest and Mary Shaw 17-19, lifeboat moving from right to left, lots of white spray.

Nicholas Leach

Campbeltown severn class lifeboat Ernest and Mary Shaw 17-19, lifeboat moving from right to left, lots of white spray.
RNLI Campbeltown's Severn-class lifeboat, Ernest and Mary Shaw, was launched at 10.32pm to assist the yacht which had two people on-board.

Earlier the same day, the vessel had lost its propeller but was able to carry on making way under her sail until the wind died down and then called for assistance.

The RNLI lifeboat and its crew of volunteers arrived on scene at 10.55pm where they were able to transfer a volunteer crew member onto the casualty vessel, who was then tasked to set up the bridle and establish a tow line.

The wind speed was around four to six knots with a calm sea state and good visibility.

When both vessels arrived at the entrance to Campbeltown Loch, the Severn-class lifeboat then established an alongside tow to allow for a safe and secure transfer to the marina pontoon.

The Campbeltown lifeboat was recovered and made ready for service at 12.50am.





Notes to editors
• Campbeltown lifeboat station has been operating since 1861. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/campbeltown-lifeboat-station



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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.

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