Two call-outs in 48 hours for Mull lifeboat

The Oban Times - - Community News -

THE lo­cal RNLI’s vol­un­teer crew didn’t have to go very far to re­spond to two ‘shouts’ in 48 hours in Tober­mory Bay.

With many of Tober­mory RNLI’s ‘ shouts’ av­er­ag­ing in du­ra­tion of around four to six hours, two launches in the last few days saw the vol­un­teer crew re­spond to two in­ci­dents very close at hand.

In the first, last Thurs­day, Au­gust 6, the RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat, El­iz­a­beth Fair­lie Ram­sey, launched to go to the aid of a yacht at the en­trance to Tober­mory Bay with en­gine fail­ure.

With very light winds, the yacht was un­able to make way un­der sail. A lo­cal fish­ing boat, Crim­son Arrow IV, had al­ready gone to the aid of the yacht and had it un­der tow.

The lifeboat took the yacht un­der an along­side tow and took it to the ca­su­alty moor­ing in Tober­mory Bay as the pon­toons were full due to the West High­land Week yacht­ing re­gatta.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon, the vol­un­teer crew were re­quested to launch by Stornoway Coast­guard fol­low­ing re­ports that a Ho­bie Cat small cata­ma­ran had cap­sized with one per­son aboard again at the mouth of Tober­mory Bay.

Two vol­un­teer crew mem­bers took the sta­tion’s board­ing boat (a for­mer D Class lifeboat) to as­sist the cata­ma­ran. On ar­riv­ing at the scene, the lifeboat crew found that Staffa Tours’ ves­sel, Is­lan­der, and a num­ber of other boats in the area were giv­ing as­sis­tance to the teenage sailor and the crew of the Is­lan­der had man­aged to help to re-right the cata­ma­ran.

Hav­ing es­tab­lished that the teenager in the cata­ma­ran was con­tent to carry on sail­ing and that he was be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by his fa­ther in a small dinghy, the lifeboat crew re­turned to sta­tion.

Lifeboat spokesman, Dr Sam Jones, said: ‘These were two very straight­for­ward shouts very close at hand.

‘ We are very grate­ful to the boats which re­sponded to both in­ci­dents, par­tic­u­larly Crim­son Arrow IV and Is­lan­der for ren­der­ing as­sis­tance.’

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