Tobermory RNLI in five hour shout in rough weather to 40 metre fish carrier
Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew went to the aid of a 40 metre fish carrier with power failure off Ardnamurchan lighthouse on the night of Tuesday 13 November 2018.
The lifeboat was requested to launch at 10.13pm by Stornoway Coastguard who advised that the vessel’s owners had tasked a tug to attend the scene from Mallaig. Tobermory’s volunteer crew launched the Severn class all weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, at 10.20pm and made best speed in southerly winds gusting up to 45 knots or more than 50mph.
The crew of the fish carrier had managed to anchor the vessel and so the lifeboat stood by in seas of 3-4 metres until the arrival of the tug shortly after 2am. With the fish carrier safely under tow and heading towards Mallaig, the volunteer crew returned to Tobermory where the lifeboat was made ready for service at 3.20am.
The service followed a call out on Friday evening (9 November 2018) to carry out a medivac of a seriously ill woman on the island of Erraid off the Ross of Mull in a Force 7/8 south easterly gale. In the event the lifeboat was stood down en route as HM Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199, had managed to evacuate the patient to hospital.
Tobermory RNLI’s Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘These two shouts were in rough conditions which are fairly typical of this area of coast at this time of year. They also show that our volunteer crew members are willing to respond to their pagers 24/7. This morning, they all went to their day jobs having spent most of the night in rough seas and only having snatched a few hours’ sleep.’
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For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or Gemma Macdonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 07826 900639.
Video of the service will be available shortly.
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