Kyle crew respond to urgent callout at Skye Bridge

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Kyle lifeboat was called on Saturday following multiple reports of an 88m Cargo Vessel adrift in the shipping channel heading towards the Skye Bridge.

Kyle lifeboat crew were paged when the UK Coastguard declared a ‘Pan Pan’ situation after receiving multiple reports that the vessel had ran aground under the Skye Bridge before floating free and drifting across the shipping lane towards the bridge and nearby rocks.

The Coastguard tried to contact the stricken vessel via VHF radio but received no response and due to the size of the vessel took the decision to launch both Kyle and Portree lifeboats.

Kyle lifeboat arrived on scene within two minutes of launching and found the vessel broadside under the bridge drifting towards the rocks. The lifeboat crew tried to make contact with the crew on board the ship but could not get a response. Luckily the cargo vessel managed to restore propulsion and make its way towards the nearby pier at the Kyleakin Fish plant.

Kyle lifeboat shadowed the vessel into the pier to ensure it made it safely, and once it was alongside and secured, Portree lifeboat, which was making best speed towards the area, was stood down.

The UK Coastguard requested that Kyle lifeboat stayed on scene until local Coastguard units arrived at the location. The lifeboat stayed on scene until shortly after 6:30pm, when it was stood down.

This was the 20th callout this year for Kyle’s volunteer crew.