RNLI goes to aid of fish farm vessel

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Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew went to the aid of a drifting fish farm vessel and mooring in Tobermory Bay.

The alarm was raised on Wednesday April 17 by Tobermory RNLI’s off-duty deputy launching authorities (DLA) Nick Ray, who lives aboard a yacht in the bay.

Nick had spotted the eight-metre fish farm boat drifting across the harbour, still attached to its mooring in Force 5 south-easterly winds.

Coxswain David McHaffie consulted the on-duty DLA and the UK Coastguard who agreed the boat presented a significant hazard.

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew launched their Severn-class lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey at 11.15am and within two minutes were alongside the fish farm boat which was drifting close to the CalMac pier.

Two crew members were put aboard and established no-one was on board. Volunteer crew started the engine, slipped the lines and recovered the boat to the pontoons.

Once the vessel had been secured, another fish farm vessel was spotted entering the bay. On being briefed by the lifeboat crew, the fish farm vessel recovered the mooring. The lifeboat returned to her berth and was made ready for service at 11.45am.

David McHaffie said: ‘This was one of our shorter shouts. The vessel and mooring presented a hazard to navigation and property but we also needed to ensure there was no-one on board. We have had very strong south-easterly gales of late which may have caused the mooring to fail.’