Tobermory RNLI goes to the aid of yacht with power failure off north Mull

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew went to the aid of a yacht with total power failure and drifting close to Glengorm.

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Yacht under tow by Tobermory RNLI

Tobermory RNLI launched their Severn class all weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, at 1.30pm on Saturday 27th July following a tasking request from the UK Coastguard. The 36 foot yacht with four persons on board was reported to have suffered a complete power failure and was drifting in calm conditions about a quarter of a mile from Glengorm castle.

The lifeboat crew subsequently located the yacht and successfully towed the vessel to Tobermory where she was safely put alongside the pontoons. The lifeboat was then refuelled and made ready for service by 3pm.

Tobermory Deputy Second Mechanic, Tony 'Kiwi' Spillane said: 'We would rather be called out as soon as a vessel encounters a problem rather than when the situation becomes more difficult. If you get into difficulty whilst on or around the water, contact the Coastguard by VHF radio or call 999.'

Notes to editors

Tobermory RNLI's annual Lifeboat Day will take place on Sunday 11 August with a Harry Potter theme.

For further information, please contact

Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager and Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07747601900 or samantha_jones@rnli.org.uk

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), 07920 365929 or martin_macnamara@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), 07826 900639 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

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Tobermory lifeboat putting yacht alongside at pontoons

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Tobermory RNLI carrying out alongside tow

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