Two call-outs in 48 hours for Mull lifeboat
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.’