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RNLI rescues lifeboat fundraisers

Published 28/07/2011 | 18:16

The RNLI had to assist a group of rowers raising money for the charity
The RNLI had to assist a group of rowers raising money for the charity

A group of rowers raising money for lifeboat charity RNLI learned just how vital the organisation is when they got into difficulty in rough seas.

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The four-strong group 3 Peaks Row lost their boat's rudder and got caught in rough water off the Mull of Galloway.

The skipper called Clyde Coastguard which asked Portpatrick RNLI to rescue the team, who are using a 10-metre ocean-going rowing boat.

Rescuers towed the rowers to Drummore village at Stranraer for repairs, with the local coastguard rescue team there providing shore support.

Clyde Coastguard watch officer Irene Reid said: "The skipper of the 3 Peaks Row acted entirely correctly by seeking assistance as soon as it became apparent that a problem was developing. They were well prepared, with the appropriate safety and communications equipment, which enabled us to locate them and provide help quickly."

A post on the group's website said: "The boat is currently in Drummore undergoing repairs and the team are hopeful of heading back out to resume their challenge."

The group hopes to raise £40,000 for four charities: RNLI, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Help For Heroes.

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