Tobermory RNLI goes to the aid of yacht with engine failure in Force 6/7 winds

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat went to the aid of a yacht with engine failure at the entrance to Tobermory Bay in a Force 6/7 westerly wind during the Round Mull yacht race on Saturday 1 July 2023.

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat's alongside tow

RNLI/Nettie Wood

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat's alongside tow

The yacht’s skipper contacted the Coastguard to request assistance because although the vessel was proceeding under sail, the skipper was concerned about manoeuvrability due to the combination of the windy conditions and the proximity of a large number of yachts in the area due to the race taking place at the same time. On arriving at the scene, the volunteer crew found that they were unable to contact the skipper via VHF due to power failure on the yacht. The volunteer crew therefore relayed instructions to the skipper by using a loud hailer and requested the skipper to continue to sail into the bay where the lifeboat passed lines for an alongside tow. The yacht was then taken safely to the Tobermory Harbour pontoons.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘The skipper made absolutely the right call to request assistance given the traffic density and wind conditions. We’re all pleased that we managed to swiftly achieve the alongside tow and assist the yacht to the pontoons’.

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