Portree Lifeboat responds to a MayDay call from a grounded cargo ship, MV Kaami
The Portree Lifeboat was launched at 2.24am Monday 23 March 2020, in response to a MayDay call from the cargo ship, MV Kaami, which had run aground in The Minch.
Also called to the scene were the Emergency Towing Vessel Ievoli Black and the Pharos, a Northern Lighthouse Board buoy-laying vessel. The duty Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Helicopter arrived on scene and began to airlift 8 of the Russian crew to Stornoway, no injuries were reported.
The weather conditions on scene was a F8 Southerly wind (45mph) with rough sea state.
The MV Kaami, is a Bahamas registered 90 metre cargo vessel. She left Drogheda port in Ireland on the evening of Saturday 21 March and was due to arrive in Slite, Sweden, the following Saturday morning.
The Ievoli Black remains on standby.
The Lifeboat was stood down about 4.30am and returned to Portree.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.