RNLI Loch Ness complete first shout from new station

Lifeboats News Release

The Loch Ness volunteer lifeboat crew successfully assisted a broken down yacht

RNLI/Joanna Stebbings

Casualty being towed alongside by the lifeboat past the boathouse into the harbour

The yacht with two persons on board had suffered engine failure not far from Urquhart Castle on Tuesday afternoon. A strong wind was blowing up waves on the loch and causing the yacht to drift helplessly. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched aboard their new Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue IV and were soon with the casualty where they attached a tow line and escorted the yacht and its occupants to the safety of Urquhart Bay Harbour.

Happily it was a good outcome and a successful first mission for the newly commissioned lifeboat Sheila & Dennis Tongue IV. The volunteers at Loch Ness have been training especially hard since the beginning of the year to become familiar with the operations of the new lifeboat and its launch and recovery system.

An RNLI spokesperson said: "The crew of the yacht did the right thing in asking for assistance. The RNLI encourages anybody involved in yacht sailing to ensure that they always carry a means of calling for help and that everybody on board knows how to use it."

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