Tobermory lifeboat tows fishermen to safety

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The Tobermory lifeboat was called into action on Saturday.

At 9.29 on Saturday morning, Stornoway Coastguard requested the lifeboat to go to the aid of a small fishing boat with two persons on board which had lost power just south of Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point of the British mainland.

The Coastguard patrol vessel, MCA Hunter, was in the area and its crew managed to pass a line to the stricken fishing boat to prevent it drifting towards the shore in the force six wind and moderate to rough sea.

On arrival, Tobermory’s volunteer crew passed a tow rope to the fishing boat and towed her to Tobermory harbour, where she was met by members of the local Coastguard Rescue Team. The lifeboat then returned to her berth where she was refuelled and made ready for service shortly after noon.

Tobermory second coxswain James Fairbairns said: ‘This was a classic example of seamless team work with our colleagues from HM Coastguard from start to finish: from the original tasking from our colleagues in Stornoway through to the support from MCA Hunter in preventing the fishing boat from drifting onto the rocks and finally assistance from our local Coastguards in Tobermory helping us to get the casualty alongside at the pontoons.’

The lifeboat volunteers’ weekend was rounded off with a visit to the Morvern Sailing Club regatta at Lochaline where locals and visitors were able to explore the lifeboat and meet the crew.