Tobermory RNLI responds to report of person in the water in Tobermory Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew responded to a report of a person in the water in Tobermory Bay on Tuesday 18th September 2018.

Library image of Tobermory lifeboat

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Tobermory RNLI lifeboat

A member of the public contacted the lifeboat station at 1.15pm to report that a man had fallen in the bay whilst trying to access his boat on a running mooring. Coxswain David McHaffie swiftly activated the crew pagers and informed Stornoway Coastguard of the situation. Eight volunteers responded and the boarding boat, a former D Class lifeboat, was quickly launched with two crew aboard.

On arriving at the scene, Tobermory’s volunteer crew found that the man had managed to recover himself from the water. The man was taken to the lifeboat station to be checked over and to be given a hot drink to warm up.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘Speed was of the essence in this situation which is why we launched the boarding boat which we are able to use as a rescue asset within the confines of Tobermory Bay. We were hugely relieved that the gentleman had managed to get ashore and that he had not suffered any ill effects as a result of his experience.’

Notes to editors

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.

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