RNLI Campbeltown launches lifeboat to motor cruiser with engine failure
Volunteer crew of RNLI Campbeltown were launched to a 28-foot-long motor vessel that had suffered engine difficulties at the entrance to Campbeltown Loch.
Yesterday (Sunday 27 March) RNLI Campbeltown were tasked by HM Coastguard at 4.55 pm to a 28-foot-long motor vessel who had suffered engine failure.
The station's all-weather lifeboat Ernest and Mary Shaw was launched to assist the mariner who had anchored closely into the shore while they awaited assistance from the lifeboat and its crew.
The daughter craft, also known as a Y class lifeboat, was launched for two volunteers to head to the anchored vessel. They were able to assist the lift of the anchor and then tow the vessel into deeper waters and closer to the all-weather lifeboat.
The volunteers then established the main towline between the all-weather lifeboat and the vessel with engine trouble. Once the Y class lifeboat was recovered, the tow commenced heading back into Campbeltown harbour.
Once both vessels were closer to the harbour the all-weather lifeboat rafted up side-by-side to the casualty vessel to allow a safe berth at the yacht pontoons.
At 6.10 pm the all-weather lifeboat and its volunteer crew returned to station.
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