Tobermory RNLI lifeboat goes to the aid of 23 metre fish farm support vessel
Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew went to the aid of a 23 metre fish farm support vessel off Ardnamurchan on the evening of Saturday 17 August 2019.
With a fishing boat and a local charter RIB standing by, Tobermory's volunteer crew managed to pass a line to the support vessel and tow her back towards Tobermory. Whilst the vessel was under tow, its crew managed to restart their engines and once into Tobermory Bay they were able to make their way to the pontoon under their own power where she was met by members of the Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team. The lifeboat returned to its berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service just before 10pm.
Tobermory RNLI Coxswain, David McHaffie said: 'With the weather forecast to deteriorate overnight, we were pleased to get out quickly to the support vessel and help her back to Tobermory before conditions worsened.'
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