Busy Jubilee weekend for Kirkcudbright Lifeboat

THREE callouts over the Jubilee weekend kept Kirkcudbright Lifeboat crews on their feet.

The boat was first called to assist Kippford Lifeboat on Friday but were stood down with Kippford coping alone.

Their second incident saw them called out to help a 53-year old man who had taken ill on a yacht in Wigtown Bay. The lifeboat took him off the yacht and to dry land at the Isle of Whithorn where an ambulance was waiting to take him to hospital.

And finally on Sunday afternoon, a member of the public atop the Knockbrex Viewpoint at carrick Shore spotted a vessel in difficulty in Fleet Bay and called for coastguard help.

The Lifeboat carried out the rescue of the capsized catamaran. When the Lifeboat arrived on scene the capsized boat had been righted but had then drifted onto rocks. The crew pulled the boat clear and proceeded to tow it to Mossyard Beach where they landed the catamaran and its two crew members.

Mr John Collins, Kirkcudbright Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “We have had four callouts since our recent visit by the Duke of Kent and seven since the beginning of May so it has been a very busy time for the volunteer crews.”

Kirkcudbright Lifeboat is in the middle of its 150th anniversary year and is continuing to prove its value to the community. The RNLI is funded entirely by voluntary contributions.