Yacht turns up safe after Loch Sween search

Tayvallich harbour, from the Islay RNLI lifeboat Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II. Photo: RNLI

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An Islay RNLI coxswain praised the actions of a member of the public in raising the alarm after becoming concerned about a family yacht in Loch Sween.

Islay lifeboat was launched at 5.10am on Sunday May 16 to search for the 17-foot sailing yacht after the family member had not heard from the person on board at the expected time.

In favourable conditions, the crew arrived at Loch Sween to assist in the search along with Oban RNLI, Tarbert Coastguard Rescue Team and the coastguard search and rescue helicopter.

After a search of the loch, the yacht was found safely moored in Tayvallich harbour. The person on board was well and the concerned family informed and reassured.

Islay RNLI coxswain David MacLellan said: ‘It was a good result on this occasion to find the boat safely moored. The concerned family member was right to call the coastguard and we are pleased all was well.’