Double call out for Kirkcudbright crew

The boat in distress
The boat in distress

Kirkcudbright RNLI lifeboat station volunteer crew were called out twice in quick succession on Thursday 17 September at 11.58 by Belfast Coastguard first to a mayday off Burrowhead. They launched on service at 12.20.

The 30ft Cruiser “Seaspray” with two persons on board had caught fire. Ramsay RNLI Lifeboat and Royal Navy Sea-king helicopter Rescue 177 were also tasked and responded.

Kirkcudbright inshore lifeboat Sheila Stenhouse was quickly on scene. By this point the fire had been successfully extinguished by the “Seaspray’s” own crew. The helicopter’s winchman was put down on the boat to confirm the situation was under control. The vessel was then towed to Kirkcudbright Harbour by Kirkcudbright Lifeboat.

Ramsay Lifeboat and Rescue 177 were stood down and both returned to station.  

Both casualties who were from Dumfries were in good health and no medical assistance was required.

Weather conditions were south westerly force 3 and the Kirkcudbright RNLI lifeboat returned to station. Just after the Lifeboat had been made ready for service it was called out immediately to another broken down vessel. 

The 16ft vessel with one person on board had run out of fuel and the Lifeboat

took the vessel on tow into the Isle of Whithorn harbour at 15.50pm.