The Tobermory Lifeboat was called out to assist a fouled yacht off the Isle of Iona, just over 25 miles from Tobermory.
The volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay were launched 11 May 2016 shortly before 4pm.
Due to the abundance of both tour and pleasure craft found around the Treshnish isles, the Coxswain opted for a slightly longer route around rather than through the islands to avoid the disturbance caused by the wake of the lifeboat to other craft.
On route the small inflatable from the Tobermory lifeboat was made ready and two crew members changed into dry suits. On arrival at the scene it was clearly seen that a rope was snagged close to the rudder and the prop. At this point the small inflatable was launched with two crew members aboard. The skipper of the yacht advised that he would enter the water with snorkelling gear and cut the rope free, with the RNLI inflatable standing off ready to assist if needed.
Once the yacht was clear of the rope a tow was established to a mooring identified by the local coastguard close to the location of the incident. The yacht was safely moored and the Tobermory lifeboat returned to Tobermory and was made ready for service.
Coxswain: David McHaffie, Mechanic: Creon Carmichael, Crew: Mhairi McAdam, Leanne Blair, Paul Gunn, Simon Waller, Will Thorne.
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