Tobermory RNLI lifeboat launched to assist dinghy with engine failure
Tobermory’s volunteer crew were paged to go to the aid of a dinghy suffering engine failure today (Tuesday 20 August 2019) after a mayday was received by the UK Coastguard.
The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Tobermory all-weather lifeboat shortly before midday today after a dinghy suffering from engine failure to the south of Iona broadcast a mayday. Communications between the skipper of the dinghy and the coastguard were poor so a mayday relay was initiated.
The Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey left her berth and proceeded at best speed towards Iona. The volunteer crew were stood down at 12.25pm when the UK Coastguard received information that the dinghy had been towed and the occupants were safely ashore.
The lifeboat returned to Tobermory where she was refuelled and made ready for service by 1.15pm.
For further information, please contact:
Leanne Blair, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07711549609 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or email@example.com
Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.