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Helensburgh volunteers alerted after a yacht goes adrift

Lifeboats News Release

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat at 6.50pm on Thursday 20 July after a report was received that a 27’ yacht, with one person on board, was drifting towards the shore close to the Cove Sailing Club.

Helensburgh crew about to pull yacht off beach

RNLI/Keith Shipman

Helensburgh crew about to pull yacht off beach

Apparently the owner had been returning the yacht to its mooring when the outboard engine failed. Once on scene the lifeboat crew rigged a stern tow and pulled the yacht off the beach and then secured it back on its mooring, thereafter landing the owner back on shore.

No apparent damage had been caused to the yacht’s hull. The lifeboat returned to base and reported ready for service again at 8.14pm.

RNLI Media Contacts: Keith Shipman, Helensburgh volunteer lifeboat press officer, 0775 361905.

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