Islay RNLI assist yacht off Gigha

Lifeboats News Release

The Islay RNLI all-weather lifeboat Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II was requested to launch by Coastguard UK yesterday (28th June) at 12:30pm to a sail yacht three miles north west off the island of Gigha.

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Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II moored at Port Askaig ready for service

The 45ft sail yacht was without steering and requesting assistance. Six volunteer crew were aboard the RNLI lifeboat and arrived on scene by 1.50pm. The yacht was towed to the nearest safe and suitable port at Crinan to moor safely.

With strong south easterly winds, our volunteer crew took the decision to return to Port Askaig via the Gulf of Corryvrecken, north of Jura, working with the weather conditions. The the boat was refuelled and ready for service by 6:00pm.



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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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