AN EPIC 19-hour operation to get two Irish fishing boats off rocks at New Orleans, near to Second Waters, in Argyll, Scotland, has been successful.
Campbeltown Lifeboat was called out at 8.20am on Thursday June 7 to the vessels the Argent and Elegant II, which had gone hard aground at high water earlier that morning.
The Argent had gone to try and pull the Elegant II from the rocks, but got stuck too.
The all weather lifeboat (ALB) under coxswain David Cox with seven crew on board, and the inshore lifeboat (ILB) under helsman Fraser McNair with two crew launched.
When they arrived on scene both casualties were high and dry on the shore. The lifeboats decided to return to Campbeltown to pick up equipment and return on the rising tide.
The lifeboat returned to the scene at 11.30am and at 2pm managed to pull the Argent clear at high tide.
However, the lifeboat crews, assisted by two fishing vessels, were unable to pull the Elegant II off which was further up the beach.
The lifeboat decided to return in the early hours of Friday morning, to attempt once again to pull the vessel clear.
At 3.47am, they were successful, and it was confirmed the boat was not taking on water.
She was escorted back to Campbeltown Loch by the lifeboat and crews were stood down at 4.50am.
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