Kyle RNLI called to cargo ship that ran aground and was adrift under Skye Bridge

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle lifeboat was called after the UK Coastguard received multiple reports of an 88m Cargo Vessel which first ran aground and then began drifting broadside in the shipping channel towards the Skye Bridge

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Lifeboat approaching vessel drifting towards Skye bridge

Kyle lifeboat crew were paged at 3:24pm yesterday (19 November), when the UK Coastguard declared a ‘Pan Pan’ situation after receiving multiple reports that the Cargo Vessel had ran aground under the Skye Bridge before floating free and drifting broadside across the shipping lane towards the bridge and nearby rocks. The Coastguard were trying to contact the stricken vessel via VHF radio but were receiving no response, and due to the size of the vessel had launched both Kyle and Portree lifeboats.

Kyle lifeboat arrived on scene within 2 minutes of launching and found the vessel broadside under the bridge drifting towards the rocks. The lifeboat crew tried to make contact with the crew on board the ship but could not get a response, however luckily the cargo vessel managed to restore propulsion and make its way towards the nearby pier at the Kyleakin Fish plant. Kyle lifeboat shadowed the vessel into the pier to ensure it made it safely, and once it was alongside and secured, Portree lifeboat, which was making best speed towards the area, was stood down.

The UK Coastguard requested that Kyle lifeboat stayed on scene until local Coastguard units arrived at the location. The lifeboat stayed on scene until shortly after 6:30pm, when the lifeboat was stood down and could return to station.

Speaking of the incident, a Kyle spokesperson said ‘When we arrived on scene the situation was serious, the vessel was no longer aground, but was floating broadside across the shipping channel and was drifting dangerously close to the bridge and nearby rocks. The vessel’s crew were not answering VHF radio calls and were not responding to the lifeboat crews attempts to make contact with them, but luckily the vessel managed to restore propulsion and made her own way the short distance to the MOWI pier in Kyleakin’.

Notes to editors

· This is the 20th callout this year for Kyle’s volunteer crew

· Please credit the pictures to Kyle RNLI

· For further information on the casualty vessel, please contact the UK Coastguard

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Andrew MacDonald, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 07748 707606 or montuba@gmail.com

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

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

RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

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Crew trying to hail the crew as vessel drifts closer to rocks

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