Hectic spell for Mull’s lifeboat
IT HAS been a busy fortnight for Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew with seven call- outs, an exercise with a Royal Navy warship ... and a pub quiz to raise funds for the charity.
In total, £1,273 was raised for the life-saving Tobermory lifeboat through its ‘ Mayday’ campaign.
Tobermory High School helped to raise £ 380, while street collections brought in £713.
The final event took place on June 4 – a pub quiz in the Mishnish Hotel, which raised £178.
Tobermory RNLI lifeboat operations manager Sam Jones said: ‘This has been a very busy period for all of our volunteers at the station, not only for the crew and lifeboat launch authorities but also for our fundraising and shop volunteers.
‘Our crew members are ready to respond to their pagers 24/ 7 but they are only able to launch the lifeboat to assist people in difficulty because of the efforts of our fundraisers and shop volunteers, and the generosity of those who donate to the RNLI.’
The Oban lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald was called out last week (Tuesday) to go to the aid of a yacht near Kerrera.
The incident happened while the RNLI vessel was out on a routine training exercise just off the south end of Kerrera.
The Coastguard in Stornoway requested assistance shortly before 7.30pm.
A 14-meter sailing boat with five people aboard had broadcast a ‘pan pan’ reporting a fouled propeller in Loch Melfort.
The lifeboat proceeded to the area to find the yacht had been able to sail back and forth across the wind to hold off from any navigational dangers.
On scene by 8.10pm, the lifeboat quickly established a tow with the vessel and proceeded to the safety of Craobh Haven Marina.
With the vessel safely alongside by 9.15pm, Oban lifeboat was free to return to station and was made ready for service again by 10.35pm.