Kyle lifeboat ‘taxi’ for windsurfer

The Oban Times - - Community News -

KYLE of Lochalsh’s RNLI vol­un­teer crew turned into a taxi ser­vice when they towed a windsurfer they thought was in dif­fi­culty.

Lifeboat Spirit of Fred Olsen was called out on the af­ter­noon of Au­gust 12 af­ter a mem­ber of the public re­ported see­ing a windsurfer in dif­fi­culty at Plock­ton bay.

Vol­un­teers ar­rived on the scene to res­cue the man and dis­cov­ered he was not in the dis­tress, but the windsurfer was happy to ac­cept a tow back to the pon­toons in Plock­ton.

Just days later, the crew were paged again on the evening of Au­gust 17 with a re­port of a boat with a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure. The yacht had one per­son on board and was drag­ging its an­chor close to the shore on Kishorn bay. When the lifeboat ar­rived, fish farm work­ers were al­ready as­sist­ing, so the lifeboat crew towed the yacht to Plock­ton bay.

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