Kyle RNLI called to vessel adrift in Storm Barra

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For the second time in just over two weeks, Kyle lifeboat was called out to a vessel adrift under the Skye Bridge.

This time it was a 28-foot scallop dive boat which had broken free of its mooring in the strong winds on Tuesday afternoon.

Kyle lifeboat crew was paged at 2:14pm that day after the UK Coastguard received reports of the unmanned vessel being aground in Kyleakin after breaking free of its mooring in Storm Barra.

Kyle lifeboat launched at 2:23pm, by which time the boat had blown free of the shore and had drifted under Skye Bridge, ending up wedged between the pier at the Mowi fish food plant and a cargo vessel which was tied up alongside.

Kyle RNLI lifeboat approaches the stricken scallop boat. Photograph: Kyle RNLI. NO-F51-Vessel-between-cargo-boat-pier-small-
Kyle RNLI lifeboat approaches the stricken scallop boat. Photograph: Kyle RNLI.
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Due to the position of the casualty vessel the lifeboat crew had a difficult task trying to
establish a tow which had to be attached to the stern of the vessel in the strong winds
and rough sea conditions.

The dive boat was then towed out backwards into open water, where the crew could then rearrange the tow and take it safely back into the railway pier in Kyle.

The scallop boat under tow by Kyle RNLI. Photograph: Kyle RNLI. NO F51 Vessel being towed astern small
The scallop boat under tow by Kyle RNLI. Photograph: Kyle RNLI.
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The vessel was safely tied up to the pier at 3:10pm and the lifeboat was stood down
and could return to the station.

Speaking of the incident, a Kyle RNLI spokesperson commented: ‘When we arrived on scene, the dive boat was stuck between a cargo vessel and the pier at the Mowi plant making the extraction difficult.

‘We had to tow the vessel out backwards which made it tricky to control in the stormy conditions, however once we got into open water we could adjust the lines and tow it forwards as we headed back to Kyle.’

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The stricken scallop boat can clearly be seen wedged between the pier and the cargo ship. Photograph: Kyle RNLI. NO-F51-Vessel-between-pier-cargo-ship-small-