Busy summer continues as Arran RNLI respond to fishing vessel in distress

Lifeboats News Release

Arran RNLI’s busy summer continued today with their 16th callout of the year, their 6th in the last two weeks.

Arran RNLI in-shore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick launched at 12.40am in response to a distress call from a fishing vessel that was adrift in Brodick Bay.

Thankfully the vessel had managed to restart their engine by the time the lifeboat crew arrived on scene. The lifeboat crew remained with the vessel until they had safely made their way to Lamlash Bay before returning to the lifeboat station.

Arran RNLI helm Martin Wood said “This is another callout in a very eventful summer for the station. The rest of the crew and myself train hard to ensure we can respond to emergencies of any nature. We would remind everyone that if they have any concerns about themselves or anyone else at sea to call 999 and ask for the coastguard, we would rather be called out and not needed than needed and not called.”

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