Six res­cued from stricken yacht

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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