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Volunteer crew of Tobermory lifeboat assist 55ft yacht aground in Loch na Droma

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay were launched on 5 September 2016 at 6.30am, to assist a yacht aground in Loch na Droma Buihde.

At 6.30am the volunteer crew were launched to assist a 55 foot yacht aground in Loch na Droma Buihde, on the west coast of Scotland east of the Tobermory on the Isle of Mull with two people and three dogs aboard.
The yacht was anchored in the loch on the evening of 4 September 2016, the anchor had dragged resulting in the yacht running aground. On route to the yacht the Coxswain David MacHaffie instructed that the small inflatable daughter craft be made ready with two crewmembers in dry suits.
On arrival the daughter craft was launched in order that the crew could make an evaluation of the yacht, and decide the best course of action. As high tide was approaching it was decided to initiate a tow off the stern of the yacht to release tension from the anchor chain so that it could be raised.
The yacht was towed into clear water and it was determined that they would make their way under engine power to Tobermory, with the Tobermory lifeboat following to provide assistance if required. The daughter craft and the two crewmembers were recovered to the lifeboat, and the yacht escorted back to Tobermory
The Tobermory lifeboat returned to the berth and was made ready for service at 8.55am.
Coxswain: David McHaffie, Mechanic: Creon Carmichael, Crew: Will Thorne, Tony Spillane, Paul ‘Gunny’ Gunn, James Fairbairns, Michael Stirling.
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Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or
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