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Two rescued from drifting yacht off Arran

RNLI control room Image copyright RNLI
Image caption It took two hours to locate the vessel, which was drifting without power

Two people were rescued from a sailing boat off Arran in poor conditions in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the RNLI have said.

The yacht was drifting without power and one of the crew was suffering badly from sea sickness.

The Arran RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at about 23:30 on Tuesday and made its way south of Pladda.

Local and national coastguard teams were also involved in a two-hour search for the stricken vessel.

The RNLI said boarding the vessel safely was "extremely difficult" in "poor and deteriorating conditions".

'Quite challenging'

Both crew members were taken to an ambulance at Lamlash on Arran by the lifeboat. Campbeltown lifeboat recovered the vessel.

Arran RNLI helm Martin Wood said "With conditions worsening as time went on it was a huge relief when we finally located the casualty vessel.

"Also transferring the casualties to the lifeboat in the prevailing sea state was quite challenging, so we are all very happy with the final outcome.

"We would like to remind everyone taking to the sea as the year moves on to make sure that they have essential emergency equipment, such as a VHF radio, flares and mobile phones, and that they understand how to use them, as this equipment can prove lifesaving."

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