Kyle RNLI called to yacht in difficulty in Broadford bay

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Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI’s volunteer crew battled rough seas early on Friday evening after reports of a yacht in difficulty in Broadford bay on Skye after its steering was disabled due to the extremely bad weather.

The lifeboat launched at 5.28pm and made best speed through heavy seas towards the vessel, arriving on scene at 5.45pm.

The 15-metre yacht, Fruit Cakes, which had one person on board, was stuck hard against the windward side of Broadford pier and was in danger of breaking up due to being battered by the high winds and large swell.

The lifeboat put a crew member aboard to assess the situation and it was quickly decided that the best course of action was to tow the stricken yacht to the sheltered side of the pier out of the swell.

The lifeboat took the vessel under tow, however, manoeuvering the vessel around the pier in the rough weather was a challenge, due to the fact the yacht’s rudder was jammed hard to port, and the large number of moorings in close proximity to the pier.

By 7.10pm, the lifeboat had successfully towed the vessel to the safe and sheltered location.  The lifeboat then returned to Kyle and was refuelled and ready for service by 7.30pm.



The Kyle RNLI crew pulls alongside the stricken yacht, Fruit Cakes, in Broadford bay on Friday night.

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