It’s never too early, says RNLI

Tobermory RNLI's Severn Class lifeboat launching on service on a summer's day. Photograph: RNLI/Sam Jones.

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Tobermory RNLI are urging the public to call the coastguard at the first sign of trouble following a call-out to Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan last week.

The Severn Class lifeboat was launched following a report of a semi submerged kayak, washed out to sea from Loch Scavaig on Skye, which had been discovered by the crew of a passing yacht. There were no missing persons.

The shout came six days after a call out to a yacht which had lost its drive in the Sound of Mull.

Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘In both incidents, the people involved made the correct call and contacted the Coastguard.

‘We would much rather be called out too early than too late.’

If you see anyone or anything appearing to be in difficulty in or on the water, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.