First launch of 2022 for Tobermory RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory’s all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard after a report of a boat adrift in the Sound of Mull

Tobermory Lifeboat


Tobermory lifeboat

The volunteer crew’s pagers sounded shortly before 8am on Saturday 8 January after a member of the public reported a boat apparently adrift off Fiunary, 10 nautical miles southeast of Tobermory. Once on scene, the Lochaline Coastguard Rescue Team had already commenced a shoreline search for the vessel. The lifeboat undertook a search along the mainland coast.

With nothing untoward found by either search, the lifeboat was stood down by the UK Coastguard and returned to Tobermory where she was refuelled and made ready for service by 10am.

Deputy Second Coxswain, Dave Underwood said: ‘this service was a false alarm with good intent and we commend the member of the public who called the Coastguard with their concerns. Thanks to the Lochaline Coastguard Rescue Team for working alongside us and their expert communications with the lifeboat during the search.’

Leanne Blair, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07711549609 or [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Manger (Scotland), 07920 365929 or [email protected]

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