Tobermory RNLI launches to assist search for overdue botanist
Tobermory RNLI's all weather lifeboat was launched on the evening of 14 July 2021 following a report of a botanist who had failed to return in poor visibility.
Fortunately, the botanist had a personal locator beacon and the coastguard teams made their way over rough terrain to the last known position. The teams found the person who was uninjured and assisted him back to the road. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to Tobermory where it was refuelled and made ready for service at 23:30.
Tobermory Coxswain David McHaffie said: 'We're all really pleased that there was a good outcome to this search. It shows that leaving your details and your expected time of return helps the emergency services to respond promptly if you are overdue. Last night's visibility was poor and with darkness approaching, it was really important to start searching as soon as possible to make the most of the available light'.
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