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Helensburgh RNLI Lifeboat attends Yacht with Fouled Propeller

Lifeboats News Release

At 2143 hours on Saturday 7th May 2016 the Helensburgh Lifeboat crew was paged as assistance had been requested from the crew of a 27' yacht that had a rope round its propeller.

The wind direction was such that it prevented the crew sailing the vessel back to the James Watt dock.  Once on scene the lifeboat crew discovered that the crew of the yacht had just managed to free the rope and therefore were able to return under their own power.  The lifeboat escorted the yacht until it was safely alongside in the James Watt dock and then returned to base.

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