Busy spell continues with two shouts in two days for RNLI Tighnabruaich.

Lifeboats News Release

Pagers alerted RNLI volunteer crew on Tuesday 6 June responding to a report of an activated emergency rescue beacon which the Coastguard requested assistance to trace.

The DODO tractor and trailer take the lifeboat out from the shore for launch

RNLI/Jane Boyd

Launching the James and Helen Mason inshore lifeboat

A further call out came on Thursday 8 June to assist a yacht with a fouled propellor drifting in strong winds near Portavadie marina on Loch Fyne.

With the first shout, the volunteer crew launched and were directed toward Loch Fyne as the initial detection of the beacon indicated it was near Lochgiphead but it’s location unclear. Tasked to a shoreline search moving North from Tarbert, the inshore lifeboat worked to detect any signal which could locate the device. Meantime the Coastguard helicopter was searching further North and located the device on land. This confirmed the device had been disposed of and indicated no further risk, so the lifeboat crew were returned to station and stood down.

The second call out took the rescue service in the same direction to a yacht whose sail had become entangled on the propellor. Arriving on the scene the casualty vessel was found to have been assisted by nearby fishfarm staff and was no longer drifting. With strong winds and hindered mobility, it was deemed safest to tow the yacht to the safety of the nearby marina where Kames Coasguard Recue Team volunteers ensured the wellbeing of those on board.

If you get into trouble in the water, or spot someone else in need of emergency assistance, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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