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Islay RNLI assist stricken fishing boat off Jura

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 28 February at 9.30am Islay RNLI were requested to launch by UK Coastguard. A fishing vessel with two persons on board had suffered engine failure and was drifting south off Corpach Bay on the west coast of Jura.


Following discussions with the casualty vessel and the Coastguard the decision was made that the Severn class all-weather lifeboat, The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II, would launch to aid the boat. Another fishing vessel was nearby and able to assist but would take longer than the lifeboat to reach the area.

In breezy conditions with strong gusts of wind, the seven volunteer crew on board Islay lifeboat made way to the scene. Upon arrival the decision was made for the second boat, who were willing and able, to safely tow the casualty vessel to the most suitable nearby port. Islay lifeboat stood by while the vessel was towed back into the lee of the Jura shore before heading north towards Ardfern.

The Islay lifeboat crew were stood down and returned to Port Askaig. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 11.47am. Islay RNLI would like to extend thanks to the second vessel who assisted on the day.

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