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Tobermory RNLI assists firefighters in tackling Coll fire

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew were requested to launch by the UK Coastguard on Friday 30 April 2021 to transport local firefighters to the Isle of Coll where a fire had spread from a house to nearby grassland.

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Tobermory Scottish Fire and Rescue Firefighters preparing to land at Coll

The pagers sounded shortly before 2.45pm and the volunteer crew assembled along with local firefighters. Four volunteer firefighters and their equipment were taken onboard the Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey and departed for the Isle of Coll; which lies to the west of the Isle of Mull. The lifeboat arrived in Arinagour a little over an hour later.

The firefighters were met by Coll Coastguard team and transported to the location of the fire to assist the Coll volunteer fire crew. The fire, which began in an outbuilding, had spread to a house and then had taken hold of grassland.

The lifeboat crew stood by in Arinagour until the fire was under control then departed Coll with the firefighters, arriving back in Tobermory around 10.30pm. The boat was refuelled and made ready for service by 11pm.

Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Underwood said: ‘We were happy to assist the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in this multi-agency incident. We would like to express thanks to Calmac staff who were of great help whilst the lifeboat was berthed in Arinagour.’

For further information, please contact

Leanne Blair, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07711549609 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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