Lifeboats and Coastguard helicopter race to aid of yacht which grounded in darkness
A 13-metre sailing yacht with six of a crew on board ran aground on the Perch at Port Ellen in darkness and a fresh wind on the evening of October 1.
At 10pm Islay and Portrush lifeboats, plus the Coastguard rescue helicopter, were asked to go to her rescue.
Islay volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 10.10pm and, on arrival at the casualty, had to launch their Y-boat to take a tow line to the yacht. There it was fixed to a bridle but, while taking the strain when attempting pull her off, the bridle snapped. Another tow was fixed to a cleat but that was torn off too.
At that point it was decided to take the yacht’s crew to the safety of the shore and await high tide in the hope that the boat could be refloated then.
As high tide was not due until about 7.30am, a local boat was tasked with pulling the yacht off the rocks in the morning, allowing both lifeboats to return to their stations.
The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II was back on station and in service by 4.15am.