Six rescued from stricken yacht
ISLAY RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew rescued six people, including two
children, after a yacht ran onto a charted rock on an ebb tide at the
south end of the Sound of Islay.
Her captain chose to stay on board the heavily listing, 16m sailing boat Anjela.
The all-weather lifeboat Helmut Schroder of Dunlos- sit was launched 18 minutes past midnight on Tuesday July 25 in a medium wind, fair visibility and a relatively calm sea, and reached the yacht 20 minutes later to find that she was listing heavily to port.
It was decided to evacuate all personnel by Y boat, except for the captain who wished to stay aboard, and take them back to Port Askaig until the tide should turn and rise enough to refloat the yacht.
At about 5.30am she floated off the rock, unholed, and made her way safely back to Port Askaig escorted by the lifeboat.
Afterwards her crew said how impressed they were by the help, care and attention that they had received from the RNLI volunteers.