Tobermory RNLI goes to aid of grounded fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew went to the assistance of a fishing vessel aground off the north coast of the Isle of Mull on Sunday 6 December 2020.

Tobermory lifeboat and grounded fishing vessel

RNLI/David McHaffie

Tobermory lifeboat and grounded fishing vessel

Following a tasking request by the UK Coastguard, the Tobermory Severn class lifeboat, the Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, launched shortly before 10pm on a bitterly cold night. The crew made best speed to a reef off Quinish Point on the north west coast of Mull where a fishing vessel had grounded at the bow. After assessing the situation, Coxswain David McHaffie made the decision to attempt a stern to stern tow and gently pull the vessel free of the reef.

After the successful manoeuvre, the skipper of the fishing vessel checked for damage and water ingress. Tobermory lifeboat then stood by for a further half an hour, escorting the vessel back towards Tobermory, to be sure no significant damage had occurred and that a safe passage home was assured. The lifeboat returned to her berth and was made ready for service shortly before midnight.

Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘I am glad the skipper determined the need for assistance early, as this will undoubtedly helped us provide prompt support in getting the boat refloated with minimal damage and keeping the crew safe.’

For further information, please contact

Leanne Blair, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07711549609 or leanne_blair@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

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


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