Tobermory RNLI assists yacht with fouled anchor chain

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory’s volunteer crew were requested to provide assistance to a 13m less than 150m from the lifeboat’s berth by the UK Coastguard

Tobermory lifeboat with the casualty vessel

RNLI/Simon Waller

Tobermory lifeboat with the casualty vessel

The crew responded to their pagers shortly after 10am on Monday 25 July were on scene within minutes. The yacht had just left Tobermory Harbour and its anchor chain had become entangled in a creel rope and tree just off the Calmac ferry slip.

With three lifeboat crew placed onboard the casualty vessel, the decision was made to release the anchor and buoy it for later recovery. Owing to the location of the casualty vessel so near to the shore and the slip, it was decided to tow the vessel the short distance to the pontoons in Tobermory Harbour. The lifeboat returned to her berth and made ready for serviced by midday.

Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘This was an unfortunate incident and the crew of the yacht did the right thing by alerting the Coastguard to their plight. We would like to thank the mariners in the immediate area who gave us a wide berth whilst the issue was resolved.’


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

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