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Yacht in Loch Tuath, assisted by the volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat st

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Tobermory Severn Class lifeboat ‘Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay’. Launched at 6.20pm Tuesday 23rd May 2017 responding to a request from Stornoway Coastguard to assist a yacht in Loch Tuath on the west coast of the Isle of Mull.

Tobermory Lifeboat towing casualty yacht

RNLI/Michael Rose Skelton

Tobermory Lifeboat towing casualty yacht

The yacht with three people onboard required assistance after losing the mast. On arrival, just after 7pm, it was clear much of the rigging from the yacht was in the water. At this point the Coxswain assessed the scene whilst approaching the casualty yacht. It was clear much of the rigging was in the water and would need clearing prior to establishing a tow, and get the yacht to safety.

Two of the volunteer crew transferred onto the yacht and assisted in clearing the rigging that was causing the obstruction. Once satisfied that enough rigging had been cleared for a safe tow to be established.

The tow was established and the yacht with three people on board was safely towed into Tobermory harbour and secured on the pontoons. Shortly before 11pm the lifeboat and the volunteer crew returned to the berth and made ready for service.

Crew: Coxswain David McHaffie, Mechanic Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, Andrew McHaffie Tony Spillane, Iain Malcolm, Iain MacKenzie, Rose Skelton.

RNLI media contacts:

Michael Stirling, Tobermory Lifeboat Press Officer on 07921 515686, Mick_Stirling@rnli.org.uk or stirling9599@gmail.com boat 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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Tobermory Lifeboat departing

RNLI/Michael Sam Jones

Tobermory Lifeboat departing

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