Highlands & Islands

Family of four rescued from yacht

A family of four have been airlifted to safety after their yacht's steering failed in force six winds.

Stornoway Coastguard said they received a Mayday call from the captain of the yacht Dipper, just after 1200BST Wednesday, reporting he had lost his rudder.

The Coastguard and the Lochinver RNLI lifeboat were scrambled and the decision was made to evacuate the family by helicopter.

None of the family was injured.

The Coastguard said that the poor weather conditions had made it impossible for the Lochinver Lifeboat crew to safely get a tow line onto the boat which was close to the Rubha Reidh lighthouse.

However, a local fishing boat managed to tow the yacht back to Gairloch when the weather had eased.

Watch Manager at Stornoway Coastguard David Smith said: "Due to the skipper of the yacht being well equipped with life saving apparatus, he was able to attract attention to his situation using two different methods of alerting."

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