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The MV Catriona, which plies the Lochranza to Clonaig ferry route, took on a different role last weekend as she came to the rescue of a stricken yacht.
The rescue took place last Sunday after the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre was alerted to a yacht which was experiencing engine troubles and called out the Arran Coastguard rescue team to help. They in turn contacted CalMac to ask the MV Catriona for assistance.
Sannox resident Brian Crawley, who was visiting his brother in Lochranza, watched the events unfold from his brother’s garden and took a series of photographs showing the skill of the skipper and the manoeuvrability of the vessel as it returned the yacht to safety. Brian said: ‘It was quite something to watch. MV Catriona returned from the Kilbrannan Sound towing the yacht. As it neared the pontoon at Lochranza the skipper used the wash from the thrusters to push it straight towards the jetty where HM Coastguard staff received it and secured it to the jetty.’