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Islay RNLI assist yacht 3 miles off the coast of Islay

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 29 June Islay lifeboat was tasked to launch by HM Coastguard UK to a yacht with engine failure three miles north-west of Coull Point, Isle of Islay.

Lifeboat edge with yacht towing behind and a dolphin jumping alongside


Islay RNLI assist yacht with a little extra help

In dry weather conditions with a 3-metre swell and a south-westerly breeze the lifeboat with her seven volunteer crew arrived on scene at 5:05pm.

The yacht with three crew members was drifting on the ebb tide at a rate of 3 knots. The decision was made that the yacht should be towed to nearest safe and suitable port.

The 12.5m yacht was secured with a towline and both vessels made way back to Port Askaig, returning at 8:55pm where the yacht was securely moored with assistance of the Islay Coastguard. The lifeboat was ready for service again by 9:45pm.

A RNLI spokesperson said: ’Foresight and preparedness are key qualities in a mariner, and these allowed the yacht crew to call for assistance in a timely manner before the issues they were experiencing became a danger either to their own vessel or others on the water. They did the right thing by calling the Coastguard.’.

If you find yourself in difficulty, or spot someone else in trouble at sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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