Tobermory RNLI tasked to assist in missing person search

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory’s volunteer crew were tasked on Friday 7 June 2019 after concerns were raised about an overdue tour boat passenger visiting the island of Lunga.

Tobermory lifeboat and Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team at pontoon

RNLI/Leanne Blair

Tobermory lifeboat and Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team at pontoon

Shortly before 3.30pm, the UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Tobermory all-weather lifeboat along with the Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team to search for a passenger who was overdue to meet their tour boat on the uninhabited island of Lunga, renowned for its puffin colony, to the west of Mull.

The Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey proceeded to the pontoons in Tobermory Harbour where the coastguard team loaded their equipment onto the lifeboat. Shortly afterwards, the lifeboat and coastguard were stood down as news was received that the passenger had returned to the tour boat, safe and well.

The lifeboat then returned to her berth and was made ready for service by 4.00pm.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘In situations like this, we would rather be tasked early and stood down than tasked too late.’

For further information, please contact

Leanne Blair, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07711549609 or [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or [email protected]

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