Tobermory RNLI volunteers launch to ocean rowing boat off the Isle of Coll
Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew launched late afternoon on Friday 22 July 2022 to search for an ocean rowing boat off the west coast of the Isle of Coll.
Tobermory RNLI's crew made best speed to the reported position on the west coast of Coll. On arriving at the scene an hour after leaving Tobermory, the volunteer crew established that all was well with the rowing boat's crew and gave them some safety advice.
The lifeboat returned to Tobermory where it was refuelled and made ready for service shortly after 20:00.
Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: 'There have been a number of incidents recently involving ocean rowing boats off the coasts of the north west of Scotland and Northern Ireland. We would urge that those involved to ensure that they have the means for communicating with the Coastguard and that they are suitably trained and equipped for undertaking such passages. We'd also like to thank the members of the public who assisted us with this search'.
Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]
Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]
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