Lifeboats and Coast­guard he­li­copter race to aid of yacht which grounded in dark­ness

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.

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