Lifeboat callout

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Arran lifeboat was launched in rough seas last week to help a broken down vessel four miles north of Portavadie off the west coast of the Cowal peninsula.

The Atlantic 85 B-class lifeboat, Rachel Hedderwick, launched at 11.15am on Wednesday July 22 and reached the casualty vessel at noon.

On arrival, it was established the skipper of the boat had managed to restart the engine, but the lifeboat escorted the vessel, which had six people on board, back into the marina.

Helm Mark Nelson said: ‘The sea state was rough and visibility was poor, so we had to rely on radar and chart plotting equipment to find the casualty vessel. The callout itself was easy. It was the trip there and back that was more challenging given the poor conditions. It was nothing the boat couldn’t handle, however, and the crew are trained to respond to any eventuality and weather conditions.’

The lifeboat returned to the station at Lamlash at 1.40pm and was made ready for service by 2.15pm.