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Arbroath RNLI lifeboats in double launch to save yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Both Arbroath RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch around 8.20pm on Saturday evening (21 May) following multiple reports of a 32ft sailing catamaran run aground on rocks just off Victoria Park.

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Tow line being established with casualty vessel
Upon arrival at the scene, crews ensured the skipper was uninjured and a visual assessment of damage to the vessel was undertaken.

With a falling tide it was clear the vessel would not be re-floated, so it was secured and a plan made to return the next morning.

Volunteers assembled at station at 5:30am on Sunday morning (22 May) for briefing and preparations before launching both the charities lifeboats to re-attend the stricken vessel.

A salvage pump was transferred to the casualty vessel using the inshore lifeboat and a tow line established.

Just prior to high tide, the all-weather lifeboat was able to gently pull the yacht clear of the rocks, however, it became clear the damage was more significant than anticipated.

With the salvage pump running, the RNLI volunteers worked tirelessly to plug the damage and slow the water ingress, whilst the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were contacted to meet crews in the harbour with additional pumps.

With help from HM Coastguard - Angus & Dundee the vessel was moored in the harbour and an emergency hoist lift was organised with Arbroath Harbour staff.

The casualty vessel was safely lifted from the water and will be further assessed for damage before repairs made.

Sam Clow, Arbroath RNLI Coxswain/Mechanic said “This was a great team effort and a huge thanks to all of our partner agencies who assisted crews to save this vessel and prevent any pollution entering the sea.”

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Tow underway en route to Arbroath harbour, casualty vessel flanked by ILB

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Yacht aground on rocks close to Victoria Park, Arbroath

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