Portree Lifeboat has busy two shouts in two days

Lifeboats News Release

Portree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were called out twice to assist fishing boats.

The fishing boat brought in by Portree Lifeboat on 20 March

Brian Wells, crew

The fishing boat brought in by Portree Lifeboat on 20 March
On Tuesday 19 March the volunteer crew were tasked by UK Coastguard to a local fishing vessel which had suffered mechanical failure approximately 13 miles north of Portree. The RNLI lifeboat arrived about 1pm and secured the vessel.

The tow took about two and a half hours before she was safely berthed at Portree pier. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 4pm.

The following day, the volunteer lifeboat crew were called out at 1.20pm to another local fishing boat with mechanical issues. (Wednesday 20 March)

The fishing vessel was safely alongside Portree pier at 4.38pm.

As soon as the ropes were let go the lifeboat was tasked with another job in the same area where the earlier tow had commenced. Minutes later however the lifeboat was stood down as the second vessel had successfully managed to get underway.

Portree volunteer lifeboat Coxwain Hamish Corrigall said: 'We had a couple of busy days and so far this year we have had nearly 10 call outs.

'Both fishing boats did the right by calling the coastguard for help when they were in trouble during the challenging conditions.

'We were delighted to help in bringing them back safely. Our crew undergo regular training and they were please to put it into practice.'

RNLI Media contacts: George Burns Portree Lifeboat Local Press Officer 07979005457.

Brian Wells, crew

Another picture of the fishing boat brought in by Portree Lifeboat on 20 March

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