Lifeboat res­cues yacht from rocks

The Oban Times - - News -

IS­LAY RNLI vol­un­teer lifeboat crew was called to the aid of a yacht that had run aground in La­gavulin Bay on Mon­day June 27

es­pite fair con­di­tions, with a ris­ing tide and a mod­er­ate north­west wind, the grounded yacht, the Equinox, which was car­ry­ing a crew of four, was be­ing driven fur­ther onto the rocky shore.

Is­lay RNLI lifeboat Hel­mut Schroder of Dun­los­sit II was launched at 3.51pm and reached the stranded yacht at 4.55pm.

How­ever, coxswain David MacLel­lan deemed it too haz­ardous to take the lifeboat into the shal­low rocky bay. In­stead the Y boat was sent in to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion.

A de­ci­sion was made to run lines from a rock with a moor­ing iron on the op­po­site side of the bay to the yacht to hold her in po­si­tion. This was suc­cess­fully un­der­taken with the help of the Coast­guard. Fi­nally, the Equinox was able to be winched off the rocks as the tide rose with no ob­vi­ous dam­age to her hull.

Once the yacht was clear of the rocks, the Y boat was sent in to lift her an­chor and the ves­sel was able to ma­noeu­vre onto a moor­ing buoy in the bay.

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