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Tobermory RNLI lifeboat launches following reports of dense black smoke

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI's all weather lifeboat was launched at lunchtime on Tuesday 13 July 2021 following reports of dense black smoke off Ardnamurchan Point.

Tobermory RNLI's search pattern following report of black smoke

RNLI/Jenny Hampton

Tobermory RNLI's search pattern following report of black smoke

Stornoway Coastguard paged Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew at 12:30 following the receipt of several reports of dense black smoke 3.5 miles SSW of Ardnamurchan Point. On arriving at the scene, the volunteer crew carried out a six leg expanding square search pattern (see photo) and also made enquiries with various vessels in the vicinity. Having found no evidence of a vessel or person in distress, the all-weather lifeboat was stood down and returned to Tobermory where it was refuelled and made ready for service just before 15:30.

This was the first 'shout' for new volunteer crew Isla Robertson, one of five new trainee crew members at Tobermory RNLI lifeboat station.

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Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager and Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747601900 or [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or [email protected]

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

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