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Islay RNLI called to distress alert off Gigha

Lifeboats News Release

The busy streak of shouts for Islay RNLI continued on Wednesday 12 July with a request to launch to a distress alert (DSC) from a vessel north-east of Tarbert Bay, Isle of Gigha at 11:01am. This was the volunteer’s sixth call-out in 2 weeks.

Islay's orange lifeboat speeding down the sound of islay. the sea is still and there is low cloud over the hills behind, the paps of Jura.

RNLI/Naoimh MacLellan

Islay RNLI all-weather lifeboat in the Sound of Islay

Islay’s all-weather lifeboat with five volunteer crew on board launched from Port Askaig making way through the Sound of Islay. The UK Coastguard helicopter was on scene, near Gigha, to locate the vessel sending the DSC (Digital Selective Calling). With the casualty vessel located, Islay’s crew were stood down and returned to station.

The all-weather Severn lifeboat was back at Port Askaig at 12:10 pm and was made ready for service.

A DSC is a recognised emergency radio signal, communicating a distress message to shore stations and vessels in range. The alert, followed by a mayday voice call on Channel 16, will also transmit your location. To learn more about how to call for help at sea visit:

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