Tobermory lifeboat launches to yacht with electrical fire

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI were tasked shortly before 12.30pm on Friday 9 June after a skipper reported a fire onboard his yacht

Yacht under tow


Yacht under tow

The volunteer crew made best speed to rendezvous with the vessel which was around 5 miles south of Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and just off the north coat of Mull. On arrival, with the all-weather lifeboat alongside, two volunteer crew were put aboard the stricken vessel after the skipper had confirmed he had extinguished the fire.

As a result of the fire, the vessel had lost power and though the skipper was ready to make way under sail to Tobermory, the light airs meant the likelihood was that they would require assistance in the more confined pontoon area. With this in mind, the decision was made to take her under tow to Tobermory pontoons where the Tobermory Coastguard Rescue Team assisted in making her secure alongside.

Station Coxswain David McHaffie said; ‘The skipper stated they became aware of the fire due to smoke alarms throughout the yacht. He went on to state this early alert undoubtedly saved their vessel from being a total loss. This could have had a very different outcome but thanks to the owners being prepared and remaining calm, the damage was contained and thankfully there was no injury.’

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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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