RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

03/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/14/2019 09:59

Islay RNLI lifeboat tows a fishing boat to safety

Islay RNLI volunteer lifeboat went to the aid of a fishing vessel with her crew of three after she had fouled her anchor and was being blown towards the shore of Kildalton on the south east side of Islay.

At 11.25pm on Saturday 9th March the Coastguard paged a launch request for the Islay lifeboat to go to the aid of a fishing boat that was drifting towards the rocky coast. By half past midnight the lifeboat had arrived at the scene to find the vessel being held by her trawl gear only yards from a reef with an onshore breeze blowing.

A tow was quickly passed and secured after an assessment of the situation and the boat was towed to the nearest safe harbour of Port Ellen.

As conditions were fair this proved to be a simple rescue for the volunteer crew of the Severn class Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland