Islay lifeboat assists with Colonsay power outage

Islay lifeboat was launched.

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Islay RNLI volunteer lifeboat was launched after Colonsay was left totally without power or communications.

At 8pm on Wednesday April 3, after a day of power cuts on Islay and Colonsay, the lifeboat was tasked with taking two coastguards from Port Ellen, two from Port Charlotte and one from Jura to Colonsay to assist, if required, with communications and any emergencies that might arise due to the on-going power cut there.

It was believed that it might take some time before the electricity board would be able to get machinery and personal to the island to restore power.

The coastguards were safely disembarked from the lifeboat at Colonsay’s Scalasaig pier by 10.45pm and the Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit II returned to Port Askaig, refuelled and was ready for service by 11.30pm.