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Two sailors rescued from troubled yacht off Jura

A man and woman have been rescued from a yacht after getting into trouble off the Isle of Jura.

They were aboard a 21ft (6.4m) sailing boat when they lost their forward hatch in strong winds and rough seas.

The coastguard made a mayday relay to all nearby vessels after the sailors made a 999 call from a mobile phone.

A boat from a nearby regatta took the pair onboard until a RNLI lifeboat arrived. The lifeboat towed the yacht to Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay.

The rescue helicopter from RNAS Gannet at Prestwick was also scrambled.

Irene Reid, watch officer at Clyde Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said: "We were very fortunate to receive their mobile phone call as communications in this area are notoriously difficult.

"As a result of the mayday relay broadcast, a rigid hull inflatable boat 'Red Bay 10', which was at a nearby regatta, was able to offer assistance and soon located the casualties and took them aboard their RHIB.

"The rescue helicopter was soon on scene and stood by the casualty vessel."

She added: "We would like to remind boat users to always ensure they are properly prepared when going out in their boat and to monitor the weather and not get caught out."

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