Tobermory RNLI in multi-vessel search for missing diver

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew co-ordinated a search involving 14 vessels for a diver reported to be overdue on Wednesday 20 February 2019.

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Tobermory RNLI lifeboat in the Sound of Mull

Following a 'Mayday' distress call at 2.25pm, Tobermory RNLI's Severn class all weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, was launched. On route to the last reported position of the diver in the Sound of Mull, Tobermory's volunteer crew were tasked by Stornoway Coastguard to be the 'on scene co-ordinator' of a multi vessel search. Tobermory RNLI was joined by Oban RNLI lifeboat as well as three Caledonian MacBrayne ferries, local work boats, Scottish Sea Farm and Inverlussa boats, a dive vessel and the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 199. In all, more than 14 vessels responded to the distress call and their search efforts were co-ordinated by Tobermory RNLI.

As the search was underway, Stornoway Coastguard reported that the diver had been found safe and well by Tobermory and Craignure Coastguard Rescue Teams. Tobermory RNLI lifeboat stood down the search vessels and returned to Tobermory where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service shortly after 4.30pm.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: 'This was a tremendous response from local vessels of all shapes and sizes to the distress call. We'd like to thank everyone involved for their contribution. We're pleased to hear that the diver was found safe and well and required no further assistance.'

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