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.
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.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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