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Busy period continues for Tobermory RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew are continuing to be busy with two call outs on Wednesday 12th July 2023.

RNLI/Mick Stirling

Tobermory RNLI assisting yacht
Tobermory’s volunteer crew were tasked by the UK Coastguard on Wednesday afternoon to assist a dive boat which had suffered engine failure close to the Green Isles in the Sound of Mull and to a group of divers who were in the water. The lifeboat launched within minutes but as it was making best speed out of Tobermory Bay, the UK Coastguard stood down the lifeboat as the dive boat had managed to restart its engines.

Just as the crew were coming alongside the lifeboat berth, Coxswain David McHaffie became aware that a yacht in Tobermory Bay had suffered engine failure and although it was under sail it was struggling to manoeuvre to the pontoons. The lifeboat was launched again and the volunteer crew assisted the yacht with an alongside tow to enable it to berth at the pontoons.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘The busy period for the station is continuing and I’m grateful to all our volunteers who not only carry a pager 24/7 but are willing to drop everything to respond’.

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