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Grounded yacht in need of assistance near Drimnin in the Sound of Mull.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay were launched on 27 June 2017 at 1.50pm to a grounded yacht in need of assistance in the Sound of Mull near Drimnin.

Yacht being re-floated

RNLI/Michael Don Mitchell

Yacht being re-floated
On scene around ten minutes after launching the on-board inflatable Y-boat was launched. With two of the volunteer crew on board, they made their way over to the grounded yacht to closer assess the situation.

With low tide approaching and with no damage to the yacht, it was decided to wait for the tide to turn and allow nature to re-float the yacht. Whilst waiting for the tide, a tow line was prepared so that once the yacht was floating it could be towed safely away from the obstruction.

Once the casualty yacht was re-floated and safely towed clear of the obstruction, it was checked to ensure there was no water ingress. With everything looking good aboard the casualty yacht, it made its way to Lochaline under its own power.

The Tobermory lifeboat escorted the yacht for ten minutes to ensure all was well, before returning to the berth in Tobermory harbour and being made ready for service at 6pm.

The RNLI is a charity which relies on its volunteers, it also relies on the employers that generously support the volunteers allowing them to carry out the vital role in saving lives at sea.

Coxswain: Andrew McHaffie, Mechanic: Paul ‘Gunny’Gunn, Crew: Donald Mitchell, Tony Spillane, Ben Reade, Creon Carmichael, Rose Skelton.

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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Y-Boat with grounded yacht in the distance

RNLI/Tony Sillane

Y-Boat with grounded yacht in the distance
Yacht being towed clear of obstruction

RNLI/Tony Spillane

Yacht being towed clear of obstruction
Grounded Yacht with Tobermory in the distance

RNLI/Rhonda of Drimnin estate

Grounded Yacht with Tobermory in the distance

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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.

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