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