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Busy period continues for Tobermory RNLI with becalmed yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew went to the assistance of a yacht with mechanical failure in the early hours of Wednesday 19 June

Tobermory lifeboat


Tobermory lifeboat
Tobermory lifeboat was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard shortly after midnight and travelled the short distance to a yacht just off Ardmore Point on the north coast of the Isle of Mull. The yacht, on passage from the Outer Hebrides, had suffered a mechanical failure and was unable to continue under sail due to the light wind conditions.

Once on scene, it was decided that the best course of action was to take the yacht under tow due to its position near the coast and the inability to make way under sail. The yacht was towed to Tobermory Harbour and secured alongside the pontoons. The Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey returned to her berth by 2.00am and made ready for service.

Deputy Second Coxswain, Dave Underwood said; ‘we would like to extend our thanks to crew of the yacht Atlanta for their willingness to attempt a tow of the casualty vessel, and to the crew of the Hebridean Princess who launched their rescue craft ready to assist.’

RNLI media contacts

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

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

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