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Tobermory RNLI volunteers launch to ocean rowing boat off the Isle of Coll

Lifeboats News Release

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 lifeboat approaching Coll

RNLI/David McHaffie

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat approaching Coll
The UK Coastguard requested Tobermory RNLI lifeboat to launch at 16:45 following concerns about an ocean rowing boat with two crew aboard. The rowing boat had last been seen on the global ship tracking system automatic identification system (AIS) 24 hours previously by the Cairns of Coll. It had then been sighted off the west coast of Coll and at one stage appeared to be empty.

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'.

RNLI media contacts

Dr Sam Jones, Lifeboat Operations Manager and Lifeboat Press Officer, Tobermory RNLI, 07747 601900, [email protected]

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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