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Volunteer crew of the Tobermory Lifeboat launch to assist retired Lifeboat.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat were launched at 1026pm to assist a broken down vessel at Bloody Bay on the north of Mull.

Tyne class being put along

RNLI/Leanne Blair

Tyne class being put along side

A former Tyne Class lifeboat now privately owned reported engine difficulties to Stornoway coastguard. The volunteer crew of the Tobermory Lifeboat the Elizabeth Farlie Ramsay, launched and made their way to Bloody Bay on the north east coast of Mull.

On arrival in drizzly but otherwise good conditions, Coxswain James Fairbairns decided a tow would be established and the casualty vessel taken to the pontoons at Tobermory harbour.

With assistance from the local coastguard volunteers the vessel was secured alongside in Tobermory harbour. The crew and the lifeboat returned to the berth and reported back on service at 1204am.

Coxswain: James Fairbairns, Mechanic: Creon Carmichael , Crew: Paul Gunn, Tony Spilane, Iain Malcolm, Simon Waller, David McHaffie, Michael Stirling.

RNLI media contacts:

Michael Stirling, Tobermory Lifeboat Press Officer on 07921 515686,

Mick_Stirling@rnli.org.uk or Stirling9599@gmail.com

Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or richard_smith@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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Tyne class being put along

RNLI/Leanne Blair

Tyne class being put along
Wheel house of the Tyne class

RNLI/Leanne Blair

Wheel house of the Tyne Class

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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