Portree Lifeboat's third May 2020 launch.

Lifeboats News Release

About 8.35pm on Tuesday 26 May 2020, Portree Lifeboat Crew were alerted to a report of a person in the water within Loch Portree.

This was Portree Lifeboat Crew's third launch under the new Covid-19 RNLI restrictions during the month of May.
A person was reported to be in difficulty within Loch Portree, close to the Bayfield area of Portree.
The crew assembled as per the new procedures issued by the RNLI Headquarters at Poole.
Portree Lifeboat is one of the few afloat lifeboats in the UK which is kept on a mooring. The crew use a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) which is a D-Class lifeboat, to get out to the main lifeboat.
Before the crew on board the D-Class Lifeboat reached Bayfield, the person was helped safely ashore and the crew returned very shortly back to station.

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