First ‘shout’ for Tobermory RNLI husband and wife volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory lifeboat was tasked to assist a motorboat with mechanical failure off the northwest of Mull. This was the first ‘shout’ for new crew member Edd and his wife Charly, a new Deputy Launching Authority (DLA).

Edd and Charly Hewett on their liveaboard yacht

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Edd and Charly Hewett on their liveaboard yacht

The volunteer crew were paged by the UK Coastguard just after 11am on Friday 30 July 2021 after an 8m motorboat with two crew onboard suffered mechanical failure near Calgary Bay. The vessel was taken under tow temporarily by a rigid inflatable boat (RIB). After assessing the situation, Deputy Second Coxswain Iain Malcolm decided the best course of action would be to take over the tow and take the casualty vessel to Tobermory.

The tow was taken over 0.5 nautical miles north of Caliach Point and the vessel towed to Tobermory and put alongside the pontoons. The lifeboat returned to her berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.30pm.

This was the first ‘shout for two new volunteers at Tobermory RNLI, husband and wife team Edd and Charly Hewett. Edd is a crew member on the all-weather lifeboat and Charly a Deputy Launch Authority. This morning was Charly’s first shift on the DLA rota!

Charly said: ‘I got my first call only 2.5 hours into my first duty! I was worried I’d freeze when answering the phone but I had everything prepared to take and pass on the brief, and the lifeboat was away in just a few minutes. A sigh of relief and kettle on; and a high five when Edd got back a few hours later!’

Edd said: ‘It was exciting to cast off and have the vessel immediately at full throttle but I soon relaxed seeing how calm the rest of the crew were. It was an ideal first shout, nice and calm and not too much time pressure, a perfect opportunity to put the training into practice. I really feel like a member of the team now and it feels great to have helped out a stricken boat.’

Welcome to the team Edd and Charly!

Deputy Second Coxswain Iain Malcolm expressed thanks to the crew of the RIB for their assistance in this service.

For further information, please contact

Leanne Blair, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07711549609 or leanne_blair@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Notes to editors; Tobermory RNLI are embarking on a fundraising challenge during the month of Augst in place of Lifeboat Day. More information: https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2021/july/25/join-tobermory-rnli-for-the-tob2tob-3205-mile-challenge... https://www.facebook.com/groups/tob2tob



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