RNLI rescue lasts 13 hours and covers more than 90 nautical miles

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat standing by grounded cargo ship in the Sound of Mull Picture: RNLI/Drimnin Estate

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Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew spent 13 hours and covered more than 90 nautical miles helping a cargo ship which had aground in the Sound of Mull.

Tobermory RNLI was requested by the UK Coastguard to go to the help of a cargo ship which had run aground close to Drimnin on the Morvern peninsula shortly after 8am on June 22.

Arriving at the scene, the lifeboat stood by as the cargo vessel managed to refloat on the rising tide. The volunteer crew escorted the ship while it assessed any damage caused by the grounding. The cargo ship’s crew established the vessel was taking on water via its forepeak at the bow, although the pumps were coping with the water ingress.

After discussions with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, for safety reasons the lifeboat was tasked to escort the cargo vessel towards its destination port of Corpach, north of Fort William.

Arrangements were made for Oban RNLI lifeboat to take over the escort at the entrance to Loch Linnhe. However, just as Tobermory’s volunteer crew arrived, Oban RNLI lifeboat was re-tasked to another incident in the area so Tobermory RNLI lifeboat  continued to escort the vessel to Corpach.

Tobermory RNLI’s Lifeboat operations manager Dr Sam Jones said: ‘This was a long shout for our volunteers but fortunately there was a good outcome with no injuries, serious damage or pollution. We’d like to thank the member of the public who saw the vessel run aground for alerting the Coastguard so promptly. This enabled us to get to the scene quickly to provide safety cover whilst the vessel tried to float itself off the reef.’

Caption: Tobermory RNLI lifeboat standing by the grounded cargo ship in the Sound of Mull.
Photograph: RNLI/Drimnin Estate.