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Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred Oslen launched at 3.16pm on Tuesday August 25 after the 22-foot yacht Pegasus suffered engine failure and ran aground at Totaig on Loch Duich opposite Eilean Donan Castle.
The lifeboat arrived on scene at 3.25pm, by which time the yacht, with three people on board, was hard aground with the tide receding rapidly.
There was no way to get the vessel back afloat until the tide had come back in, therefore the lifeboat and yacht crew secured the vessel using anchors and lines before the lifeboat transferred the three people to the slipway in Dornie. The lifeboat returned to its station at 4.10pm.
It was determined the yacht would refloat around 11.45pm so to ensure the vessel wasn’t damaged and was still watertight when it refloated, the lifeboat launched again at 11pm.
Shortly after midnight the vessel refloated safely and it was not taking on water. The lifeboat then took the Pegasus under tow to Kyleakin harbour, arriving shortly before 2am.
The yacht was secured to the pontoons in Kyleakin and the lifeboat returned to station where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.30am.
A Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: ‘The yacht’s engine failed and due to the narrow entrance to the loch and the gusty conditions, the yacht was quickly pushed towards the shoreline.
‘The yacht crew were well equipped and began to deploy their anchor, however, the anchor line became jammed and they ran aground before they were able to free it. They did the correct thing and called for assistance.’
The lifeboat crew with the stricken yacht Pegasus in the background.
The yacht Pegasus aground near Eilean Donan Castle. Photograph: Kyle RNLI.
The Pegasus under tow.