Four escape injury in yachts rescue drama
Four sea-goers “amazingly” escaped without being hurt after a harbour mooring broke free in bad weather and their yachts started heading towards the shore.
A mayday alert went out at around 2:15am yesterday, when the boats got into difficulty at Castlebay harbour, on Barra in the Western Isles.
Carol Collins, watch manager at Stornoway Coastguard, said: “They were dragging a mooring and were heading straight for the shore. They needed assistance very quickly.”
The yachts involved were a Norwegian boat carrying two men and a UK boat with a husband and wife team on board.
The lifeboat and Coastguard teams from Barra were called. A coastguard helicopter from Stornoway was also scrambled.
The lifeboat gathered up the yachts, still containing their crews, and towed them both to safety.
Ms Collins said: “Amazingly, there were no injuries and no-one needed medical attention.”
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