Lochinver RNLI launces to yacht in difficulty on Loch Laxford

Lifeboats News Release

The Lochinver RNLI Lifeboat was launched last night (Saturday 25 June) to provide assistance to a 21 metre yacht that had run aground with 2 persons on board after suffering engine problems.

The RNLI Lochinver lifeboat can be seen towing the casualty vessel to safety

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The RNLI Lochinver lifeboat towing the yacht to safety

The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 9:45pm and launched shortly after, making best speed to reach the casualty vessel on Loch Laxford.

Upon arrival, the casualty vessel was hard aground and with the tide falling, the decision was made to take the yacht’s crew onboard the lifeboat and head to Kinlochbervie to wait for the tide to turn. The two crew members on the yacht were thankfully found to be in good health and uninjured.

At 2:55am, the RNLI Lochinver lifeboat departed Kinlochbervie for the casualty vessel where one of the volunteer crew members and the yacht’s skipper were transferred back onto the vessel to check for damage and set up the tow line.

By 4:30am, the yacht floated free and was towed back to the safey of deeper waters. Once the skipper was sure there was no water ingress, the lifeboat began the tow back to Kinlochbervie, arriving at 6:15am.

Joe Mackay, Deputy Coxswain at RNLI Lochinver Lifeboat Station says: ‘Luckily, the crew of the yacht were well prepared by having a means of contacting the Coastguard for assistance. When heading out on the water, it is extremely important to make sure you have multiple ways of making contact or signalling should you find yourself in trouble and need help.’

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Notes to editors

· Lochinver Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1967. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/lochinver-lifeboat-station

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