View as PDF

Tobermory RNLI goes to the aid of cruise ship passenger

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat was tasked to go to the aid of a passenger on a cruise ship at anchor in Tobermory Bay on the morning of Saturday 22nd July.

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat approaching a cruise ship in Tobermory Bay to carry out a medivac

RNLI/Sam Jones

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat approaching a cruise ship in Tobermory Bay to carry out a medivac

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat launched shortly after 1100 on Saturday morning following a report from Stornoway Coastguard that a passenger had been injured in a fall on a large cruise ship which had anchored earlier in the morning in Tobermory Bay. Tobermory's volunteer crew were asked to assist in the safe transfer of the casualty.

On going alongside the cruise ship, the crew established that there were in fact two casualties requiring evacuation. Following a consultation with two members of the Scottish Ambulance Service, it was decided to evacuate the two casualties using one of the cruise ship's tenders. The lifeboat then escorted the tender to the pontoons where the casualties were safely transferred ashore.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: 'This was another example of joint working with our colleagues in the emergency services, this time from the Scottish Ambulance Service. This morning's service also proved to be a valuable training exercise for the crew as it's not often we have the opportunity to manoeuvre alongside a 200m long ship. All of us would like to wish the two cruise ship passengers a speedy recovery.'

Notes to editors

For more information, contact Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones on 07747601900 or email

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland