New crew member's first shout turns into false alarm.
At 1147 on sunday 21 May 2017, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat ‘Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay’ volunteer crew launched in response to a report of a fire at a fish farm in the sound of Mull.
Shortly after leaving Tobermory Bay on route to the fish farm, Stornoway Coastguard confirmed the false alarm with operatives from the fish farm. At this point, the volunteer crew of the Tobermory Lifeboat were stood down and made their way back to Tobermory where the lifeboat was made ready for service.
For new crew member Alec Brown, this was an anticlimactic end after the adrenaline rush of responding to his pager for the first time.
The RNLI urges anyone who is concerned that someone may be in distress to always ring 999 and ask for the coastguard. The RNLI would always prefer to launch to a false alarm with good intent than not to launch at all.
Crew: Coxswain David McHaffie, Mechanic Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, Tony Spillane, Ben Reade, Alec Brown, Dave Underwood, Iain MacKenzie.
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