Kyle RNLI called to yacht drifting toward the rocks off the Applecross peninsula

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle lifeboat was called out to a yacht which had dragged its anchor off Toscaig bay on the Applecross peninsula, and was drifting towards the rocks

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle taking the yacht under tow

Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen launched at 7:15pm today after the UK Coastguard received reports of a yacht which was dragging its anchor in Toscaig bay and was drifting towards the rocky shoreline. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 7:25pm and put a crew member onboard to assess the situation. After a search of the vessel, it was determined that there was no-one onboard, so the crew quickly took it under tow before it ran aground.

After the Coastguard spoke to the person who reported the incident, it was ascertained that the occupants had gone ashore earlier in the day and had not returned yet, therefore the lifeboat towed the vessel towards the pier in the bay looking for a suitable and safe place to moor the yacht up. With the help of a local resident, a suitable mooring was identified, and the lifeboat secured the yacht to await the return of the sailors.

The lifeboat was then stood down and departed the scene at 8:30pm, arriving back in Kyle at 8:45pm.

Notes to editors

· Please credit the photos to Kyle RNLI

· This is the 8th callout in the past month for the volunteer crew in Kyle

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Andrew MacDonald, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07748 707606 or [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920365929 or [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or [email protected]

RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Lifeboat arriving on scene

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Securing the yacht to a mooring

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