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Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI assist ferry aground & receive a visit from the Chairman

Lifeboats News Release

The Kyle of Lochalsh volunteer crew have had a busy few days after receiving a visit from RNLI chairman Charles Hunter- Pease OBE on Monday evening, followed by a callout on Thursday afternoon

On Monday evening, the Chairman of the RNLI, Mr Charles Hunter-Pease OBE visited Kyle lifeboat station as part of his tour around the West Coast of Scotland.  He toured the station, had a look around the lifeboat and then spent a couple of hours chatting with the crew as well as watching the lifeboat launch on exercise.


A few days later, the lifeboat crew were paged at the request of Stornoway Coastguard, to assist the Glenelg Ferry Glenachulish which had ran aground with the extremely low tide.  The lifeboat launched at 1:29pm on Thursday afternoon and made best speed towards Glenelg, arriving on scene at 1:34pm by which time the 10 passengers and crew had safely made it to shore.  The lifeboat crew spoke to the skipper of the ferry and confirmed that no one was injured and no assistance was needed at the present time. As it would some time before the ferry would re-float on the incoming tide, the lifeboat was stood down by Stornoway Coastguard and returned to station at 2:35pm.  Approximately 1 hour later the lifeboat was called out again as the Glenachulish was beginning to re-float.  The lifeboat returned to Glenelg, by which time the crew of the ferry had successfully freed the boat and were alongside the pier.  After confirmation that the ferry was undamaged and there was no assistance required, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.


Speaking of the incident, one of the crew said: ‘With the extremely low tidal conditions, the ferry had ran aground close to the Glenelg pier, however the ferry crew had safely gotten everyone ashore by the time we arrived on scene. We then returned to Glenelg when the ferry was re-floating just to make sure everything went well, but the experienced ferry crew had everything under control and didn’t require any assistance’.

Notes to editors:

  • There are 3 pictures attached, 2 showing the Glenelg ferry aground & the other showing some of the crew with the RNLI Chairman
  • Please credit the pictures to Kyle RNLI

RNLI media contacts:

Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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