A Lifeboat Tows 80-tonne Vessel to Safety

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On February 5, a lifeboat reportedly came to the aid of an 80-tonne vessel and pulled it to safety after it was disabled.

What happened?

The 80-tonne vessel commercial vessel was pulled to safety by lifeboat ‘Tobermory RNLI’ after the vessel lost its steering power.

Around night, the volunteers from the lifeboat aided the commercial vessel to the east of the lighthouse at Rubha nan Gall, in the Sound of Mull.

Vessel secured

Once the conditions were favourable, the crew decided to take the vessel under tow and secured it alongside at the pontoons in Tobermory harbour, weaving through a chicane of small vessels and narrow passages between mooring buoys in the process.

Tobermory RNLI lifeboat returned to their berth and the lifeboat was again made ready for service.

Skilled crew

Tobermory RNLI’s operations manager Sam Jones said, “This was a textbook job and the coxswain and crew demonstrated considerable skill in manoeuvring the larger vessel through the harbour and safely alongside the pontoons. Although only seven crew were required, 13 of our volunteers arrived at the station within just a few minutes of their pagers going off, once again demonstrating their willingness to help anyone in difficulty at sea”.

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Source: The Oban Times

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