Tobermory RNLI goes to the aid of creel boat north of Ardnamurchan

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In their second 'shout' in less than 48 hours, Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew went to the aid of a creel boat north of Ardnamurchan on Friday 22 February 2019.

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Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat towing creel boat.

Tobermory RNLI's Severn class all weather lifeboat, 'Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey' was launched just before 1000 to go to the assistance of a local creel boat with mechanical difficulties off Kilmory on the northern coast of the Ardnamurchan peninsular. The creel boat's crew had managed to secure the vessel to a fleet of creels and this together with the offshore south easterly F5/6 wind meant that she was not in imminent danger of drifting onto the shore.

On arriving on the scene, Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew swiftly passed a tow rope to the fishing boat. A long stern tow was established and the creel boat was taken to Tobermory in two metre seas. Once at the mouth of Tobermory Bay, the lifeboat crew put the creel boat under an alongside tow and she was put safely alongside the pontoons. The lifeboat returned to her berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service at 1440.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: 'The skipper did exactly the right thing by securing his boat and raising the alarm. We are always ready to assist.'

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