Kyle RNLI called out to yacht adrift in Loch Alsh

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle lifeboat launched at 8:40am after a local vessel alerted the UK Coastguard to an empty yacht adrift around the Balmacara Bay area

Kyle lifeboat towing in the adrift yacht

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle lifeboat towing in the adrift yacht

Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen made best speed towards the yacht and was alongside a couple of minutes after launching. A crew member was put onboard the casualty vessel and found recent signs of it being occupied, however it was now empty.

After liaising with the UK Coastguard, the lifeboat took the yacht under tow and headed to Kyleakin, however due to the possibility that someone could have fallen overboard, the UK Coastguard contacted Police Scotland to try and ascertain the owner. By the time the lifeboat had safely secured the yacht in the harbour, the owner had been located and it was confirmed that no one was missing, therefore the lifeboat was stood down and returned to Kyle.

The lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 10:00am

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· Please credit the picture to Kyle RNLI

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