Kyle RNLI called to a catamaran aground on rocks near Plockton

The stricken catamaran under tow by Kyle RNLI lifeboat. Photograph: Kyle RNLI. NO F17 Catamaran Under Tow
The stricken catamaran under tow by Kyle RNLI lifeboat. Photograph: Kyle RNLI. NO F17 Catamaran Under Tow

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Kyle lifeboat was called to assist the 36-foot catamaran with one person on board after it suffered an engine failure and ran aground on rocks close to Plockton Lighthouse on Saturday.

Kyle lifeboat ‘Spirit of Fred Olsen’ launched at 8.45am and made best speed towards the scene and arrived at 8.55am, by which time there was a local small craft standing by to try and assist.

The lifeboat put a crew member on board the casualty vessel just as it began to drift free from the rocks on the rising tide.

With the wind pushing the yacht towards the shoreline, the lifeboat crew quickly established a tow and began towing the vessel back into Plockton harbour.

At 9.40am the catamaran was safely tied up to a mooring and the crew departed the
scene and returned to Kyle, arriving back at 10am.

Speaking of the incident, a Kyle spokesperson said the catamaran was travelling
using its motor due to the strength of the wind, however unfortunately it suffered a
mechanical failure and the engine cut out.

‘With the onshore wind, it didn’t take long for the yacht to get blown onto the rocks. The sailor was well equipped and did the right thing in calling for assistance,’ added the spokesperson.