Kyle lifeboat called to yacht adrift below Skye bridge

Kyle RNLI lifeboat with the yacht under tow on Monday. Photograph: Kyle RNLI. NO F29 Yacht Under Tow 2
Kyle RNLI lifeboat with the yacht under tow on Monday. Photograph: Kyle RNLI. NO F29 Yacht Under Tow 2

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Kyle lifeboat was called out on Monday afternoon after a local tour boat spotted a yacht adrift underneath the Skye bridge.

The lifeboat, Spirit of Fred. Olsen, launched at 2.45pm and was on scene in under two
minutes, where the crew found the vessel with what appeared to be an anchor or
mooring line in the water with a large amount of weed attached.

Two lifeboat crew members were put onboard to check the yacht was empty and to try to recover the anchor line, however due to the weight of the line, chain and seaweed they could not pull it in.

The crew decided to attach a buoy to the end of the line, untie it from the yacht to enable it to be recovered later, and then tow the yacht to the nearest safe harbour in Kyleakin. The lifeboat towed the yacht safely into Kyleakin harbour, before returning to station at 3.45pm.

Speaking of the incident, a Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: ‘The yacht was adrift just outside the Skye Bridge and was causing a danger to shipping due to the narrow channel.

‘Whilst we were towing the yacht in, a local fish farm vessel was passing and recovered
the anchor line using one of their cranes. It appears the chain had snapped,
however the yacht was safely recovered without any visible damage so it was a good
outcome.’