The volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay were launched on 27 June 2016 at 7.20pm, to assist a Yacht in difficulties anchored off Grometra.
Shortly after 6pm the volunteer crew were launched to an anchored yacht between the Isles of Ulva and Grometra to the west of Mull. The Severn Class all-weather lifeboat set off in slightly choppy conditions, out towards Coll then south along the west coast of Mull until reaching the anchorage of Grometra.
The casualty vessel was 13 metre yacht with five people on board. The yacht had moved into the anchorage as it was experiencing problems with the propeller shaft. Despite deploying two anchors the yacht was dragging the anchors and being forced by wind and tide towards the shoreline.
Due to the narrow entrance of the anchorage the skipper was unable to sail out and due to the shaft issue unable to use engine power to navigate out. The exact issue and seriousness of the shaft issue was unclear, Coxswain David McHaffie decided the safe course of action was to tow the vessel back to Tobermory.
An alongside tow was established until we had left the anchorage and out into open water, at which point it was moved to a stern tow for the trip back to Tobermory. On arrival in Tobermory harbour the casualty vessel was safely moored at the pontoons with assistance from the local volunteer coastguard team.
The Tobermory lifeboat returned to the berth and was made ready for service at 11.20pm
Coxswain: David McHaffie, Mechanic: Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, Crew: Will Thorne, Tony Spillane, Mark Whitaker, Michael Stirling.
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