Tobermory RNLI launches beached fishing boat

The Tobermory lifeboat has been asked to be launched by the UK Coastguard after a member of the public reported a fishing boat stranded in the Strait of Mull on Tuesday April 26, 2022

The volunteer crew’s pagers rang just before 9am and the all-weather lifeboat headed for the Sound of Mull, arriving on the scene near Pennygown 30 minutes later. The fishing boat, with a crew of three, ran aground near a shingle beach near the shore.

As the Tobermory Coastguard team monitored the situation from shore, a landing craft from a local fish farm managed to free the stricken vessel into safer waters while the lifeboat stood ready to provide assistance if needed.

Once the fishing boat was checked and no further assistance was needed, she continued her journey to Oban. the
Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey was withdrawn and returned to Tobermory where she was refueled and prepared for service at 11 a.m.

Helmsman David McHaffie said: ‘We are grateful to the member of the public who called 999 and reported their concerns to the Coastguard. Thanks also to Scottish Sea Farms for helping to tow the vessel free of charge.

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Leanne Blair, Tobermory RNLI, Volunteer Lifeboat Assistant Press Officer on 07711549609 or [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07920 365929 or [email protected]

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