33 foot yacht in need of assistance after losing mast near Ardnamurchan Lighthou

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay were launched on 03 July 16 at 1.50pm, to assist a de-masted yacht.

Shortly before 2pm on Sunday 03 July 16, the volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat were launched to a yacht in distress off the most westerly point on mainland Britain.
The casualty vessel a 33 foot yacht with two people on board was spotted by another yacht in the area that raised the alarm through Stornoway Coastguard. The yacht had lost the mast less than a mile west of Ardnamurchan lighthouse. Luck would have it that on this occasion the wind and tide were favourable indeed they actually ensured the yacht maintained a safe and fairly constant distance from land.
On arrival at the casualty yacht’s location, an assessment of the conditions and actions required was made, and the inflatable craft launched from the Severn Class lifeboat with two crew members on board. They quickly tied alongside the Yacht and assisted in securing as much of the sails and rigging as possible.
With the yacht and its rigging secured as best as possible in the conditions a tow was established, and the yacht towed back to Tobermory Harbour. The local coastguard detachment had been mobilised and were on hand to assist with the mooring of the yacht onto the pontoons.
The Tobermory lifeboat returned to the berth and was made ready for service at 6.50pm
Coxswain: James Fairbairns, Mechanic: Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, Crew: David McHaffie, Donald Mitchell, Mark Whitaker, Michael Stirling, Dave Underwood, Leanne Blair.
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Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
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