RNLI Tighnabruaich Launch to assist paddleboarder blown out to sea.

Lifeboats News Release

Within 24 hours of the previous sortie, RNLI volunteer crew were paged to launch the inshore lifeboat again to assist a paddleboarder in difficulty off Ettrick Bay on Bute's western coast. .

Lifeboat launching from Tighnabruaich

RNLI/Jane Boyd

Inshore lifeboat launching from DODO trailer
Tasked by HM Coastguard the lifeboat James and Helen Mason made best speed to locate the casualty. Still tethered to their board and wearing a personal flotation device, the boarder had lost their paddle as they struggled against an offshore wind for some time. Their family on Ettrick Bay beach had raised the alarm, and the casualty was cold and exhausted when RNLI crew helped them to safety aboard the lifeboat.

Liaising with colleagues from Rothesay Coastguard Rescue Team, the casualty was transferred safely ashore to access appropriate medical care and support. RNLI Tighnabruaich's class B lifeboat then returned to base and was made ready for next service.

In 2022 there were 26 launches in Scotland to assist Stand-Up Paddleboarders with 24 people aided and 3 lives saved.

When you venture to go out on your board:
  • wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid
  • take a friend - don't go alone
  • take a means to call for help
  • check the weather before you go
If you see someone in difficulty in the water call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

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