Leverburgh RNLI rescue grounded yacht
Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat were paged at 1156 hours today following a request for assistance from a grounded yacht, off the Isle of Skye.
The 14m vessel had 6 persons on board and had grounded on Sgeir Graidach, off north-west Skye.
On arrival at the scene, the volunteer crew from Leverburgh RNLI found that the casualty vessel had floated on the rising tide but was suffering from engine and steering failure.
A tow line was established and the vessel was taken under tow to meet the Stornoway Lifeboat. The two lifeboats met off the Shiant islands and the volunteer crew from Stornoway then took over the tow and brought the vessel to the safety of Stornoway Harbour.
Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat was back at the station, refuelled and ready for service again by 1700 hours.
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.