Tobermory RNLI assists motor boat with fouled propellor off Ardnamurchan Point
Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew had a Saturday night call out to a motor boat with a fouled propellor on 26 June 2021.
Having assessed the situation, Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Underwood decided that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the vessel. The tow rope was successfully passed and the motor boat was towed to Tobermory. During the tow, the propellor was released and the vessel was able to enter Tobermory Bay under its own power. The lifeboat returned to its berth and was refuelled and ready for service at 23:00.
Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones said: 'This has been a busy few days for our volunteers with three call outs, one of which was to a vehicle fire on the car deck of a large passenger ferry. We also assisted Mallaig RNLI lifeboat and Stornoway Coastguard's search and rescue helicopter on Thursday night in an incident off Eigg involving a fishing boat. All of us at Tobermory lifeboat station send our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved'.
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