A man who was rescued from his yacht when it ran aground on the west coast of Scotland has been held by police on an international arrest warrant

The RNLI’s Isla and Barra Lifeboats were launched on 16 February to answer a mayday call after a yacht ran aground near the Skerryvore lighthouse with one crewman onboard.

The Islay lifeboat had attmepted to secure a rope to the yacht, which was floating but without power, but were unsuccessful after several attempts. The Barra Lifeboat arrived at the scene at 12.03pm to lend support. The wind was blowing Force 7 to 8, causing very rough seas.


A large commercial diving and pipe laying vessel Deep Energy managed to take the 35-year-old yachtsman, who was uninjured, on board by means of a ladder. The coastguard helicopter from Prestwick then airlifted the sailor to shore. The yacht was abandoned due to the conditions.

The sailor was then detained by police, however, over an international arrest warrant. He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.