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Tobermory RNLI launches to assist ferry with lost propulsion

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat launched at the request of the UK Coastguard shortly before 9.30am on Saturday 7 October to assist a ferry that had lost propulsion whilst undergoing sea trials.

Ferry under tow

RNLI/Tony Spillane

Ferry under tow
The Severn class all-weather lifeboat made best speed to the stricken vessel, around 800m off Kilchoan Pier on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Due to the size of the vessel and proximity to land, the decision was quickly made to take her under tow back to Tobermory.

With the tow set, the Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey made the passage back towards Tobermory at a steady speed of 3 knots in heavy rain and poor visibility. With the stern tow switched to an alongside tow just outside the harbour, the lifeboat took the ferry to the Calmac Pier where she was secured safely. The lifeboat was made ready for service again shortly after midday.

Coxswain David McHaffie said; ‘Well done to the captain and crew for their actions in alerting the UK Coastguard promptly and for their excellent communication throughout the incident, which helped make this task much easier for us.’

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

Alongside tow coming into harbour

RNLI/Joanne Buick

Alongside tow coming into harbour
Ferry secured alongside Calmac Pier

RNLI/Joanne Buick

Ferry secured alongside Calmac Pier

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