Tobermory RNLI goes to the aid of a RIB off the Isle of Coll

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew went to the aid of a RIB with steering failure off the Isle of Coll on the evening of 23 September 2019.

Library photo of Tobermory lifeboat launching on service

RNLI/Sam Jones

Library photo of Tobermory lifeboat launching on service

The volunteer crew launched the Severn class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, shortly after 8.30pm. With a fish farm support vessel standing by the casualty which had one person on board, the lifeboat arrived on scene 45 minutes later and a tow was successfully passed to the RIB. The lifeboat then recovered the RIB to Tobermory. The lifeboat then returned to her berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service shortly before midnight.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: 'The skipper of the RIB did absolutely the right thing by contacting the Coastguard. We're also really grateful to the master and crew of the fish farm support vessel who responded and stood by whilst we were on our way.'

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Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

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