The recent hot weather has brought a spate of callouts for the crew of the Kirkcudbright Lifeboat, The Sheila Stenhouse, with four vessels requiring assistance in under two weeks.
On 10 July just after 4pm, the yacht Charlie Girl with two people, one dog and one ferret on board required a tow after the cabin filled with fumes from an exhaust. Everyone - including the ferret - landed safely.
Two days later, a night-time launch at almost midnight was to assist another yacht, Solferino, with three people on board. This time the problem was a broken rudder and electrical problems. Again, all landed safely.
Then on 16 July it was motor vessel Gallovidian taking on water that needed a hand. The crew assisted in pumping water out and helping the skipper to make a local repair. Then on 21 July, the final rescue of this busy period was to assist the yacht Evie with overheating problems.
This boat was also towed safely to harbour.