Black smoke report sees Tobermory lifeboat launch

Tobermory lifeboat. Photograph: RNLI/Sam Jones

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Tobermory all-weather RNLI lifeboat was launched at lunchtime on Tuesday following reports of dense black smoke on the neighbouring Ardnamurchan Point.

Stornoway Coastguard paged Tobermory volunteer RNLI crew at 12.30pm on July 13.

It followed reports of dense black smoke around 3.5 miles off Ardnamurchan Point.

On arrival, the volunteer crew carried out a search and made enquiries with various vessels in the vicinity.

Having found no evidence of a vessel or person in distress, the lifeboat was stood down.

It returned to Tobermory and was made ready for service just before 15.30pm.

It was the first ‘shout’ for new volunteer crew Isla Robertson who is one of five new trainee crew members at Tobermory RNLI lifeboat station.