Kyle RNLI called to a catamaran aground on rocks near Plockton

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle lifeboat was called to assist the 36 foot Catamaran with 1 person on board, after it suffered an engine failure and ran aground on rocks close to Plockton

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle lifeboat in front of the Catamaran

Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen launched at 8:45am this morning to reports of a 36 foot catamaran aground on rocks close to Plockton Lighthouse. The lifeboat made best speed towards the scene and arrived at 8:55am, by which time there was a local small craft standing by to try and assist. The lifeboat put a crew member on board the casualty vessel just as it began to drift free from the rocks on the rising tide. With the wind pushing the yacht towards the shoreline, the lifeboat crew quickly established a tow and began towing the vessel back into Plockton harbour.

At 9:40am the catamaran was safely tied up to a mooring and the crew departed the scene and returned to Kyle, arriving back at 10:00am.

Speaking of the incident, a Kyle spokesperson said ‘The catamaran was travelling using its motor due to the strength of the wind, however unfortunately it suffered a mechanical failure and the engine cut out. With the onshore wind, it didn’t take long for the yacht to get blown onto the rocks. The sailor was well equipped and did the right thing in calling for assistance’.

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