Two call outs for Tobermory RNLI at the weekend
Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew were paged twice by the UK Coastguard this weekend; responding to distress signals broadcast on Friday evening and then to assist a yacht with engine failure on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday 2 August at 8.30pm Tobermory RNLI were tasked by the UK Coastguard after a DSC (digital selective calling) distress signal was broadcast several times from a vessel in Tobermory Harbour. The Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey was prepared for service and stood by whilst the Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team located the vessel where the distress signals were originating from. Once it was found that there was no one onboard the vessel and the DSC had not been activated by persons in distress, the volunteer crew were stood down.
The volunteer crew were paged for a second time during the weekend shortly after 4.30pm on Sunday 4 August. The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat to assist a yacht on passage from Coll which had suffered engine failure. The yacht, with three persons onboard, was taken under tow from just outside Tobermory Bay and put on to a mooring in the harbour. The lifeboat returned to her berth and was made ready for service by 6pm.
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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.