It is never too early to call us, 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 with a dry bag which had been discovered by the crew of a passing yacht who contacted Stornoway Coastguard.

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew were paged and the lifeboat was launched at midday and quickly made best speed to the location to commence a search of the area.

On arriving at Sanna Bay, Stornoway Coastguard confirmed that the kayak had been reported to have been washed out to sea from Loch Scavaig on the Isle of Skye and that there were no missing persons.

The lifeboat crew recovered the kayak and dry bag and transported them to Kilchoan where they were left in the care of the local Coastguard Rescue Team.

The shout came six days after a call out to a yacht which had lost its drive in the Sound of Mull on the evening of Thursday May 20. The lifeboat met the yacht at the entrance to Tobermory Bay and, using an alongside tow, assisted it to berth at the harbour pontoons.

Tobermory RNLI Station Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘In both of these incidents, the people involved made the correct call and contacted the Coastguard so that we were able to respond in good time.

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

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