RNLI Campbeltown launch to aid a family of four and their dog from Davaar Island

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers of RNLI Campbeltown launched their all-weather lifeboat to assist a family and their dog cut off by the tide at Davaar Island, Campbeltown.

Davaar Island, Campbeltown on a clear day

RNLI/Carla Jackson

Davaar Island

On Sunday 20 March at around 2.01pm the volunteers of RNLI Campbeltown were launched by HM Coastguard to the report of a family and their dog which had been cut off by the tide.

The crew launched their all-weather lifeboat Ernest and Mary Shaw, a Severn class lifeboat – the biggest in the fleet. Once the lifeboat arrived on scene it used its daughter craft lifeboat to go ashore to where the family and dog were awaiting.

Crew then shuttled the family over two at a time and the dog to the all-weather lifeboat. Once the family was safely onboard, the daughter craft lifeboat was recovered, and the family was taken back to the harbour where their family was awaiting their return.

If you become cut off by the tide or you see others affected, please stand back from the water. Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard who will launch the appropriate authorities.

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