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Kyle of Lochalsh lifeboat called to broken down vessel off Plockton lighthouse

Lifeboats News Release

Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 3:07pm Sunday 12th February, to assist a 16 foot fishing boat which had suffered a loss of power and was drifting towards the shore

Kyle lifeboat towing the 'Ptarmigan' through the swell

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle lifeboat towing the 'Ptarmigan'

Kyle lifeboat, Spirit of Fred. Olsen launched at 3:14pm at the request of the UK Coastguard, to assist the broken down fishing vessel Ptarmigan which had 2 persons on board and was drifting towards the southern shore of the Applecross peninsula. The vessel had suffered an engine failure approximately 1 mile from the Plockton lighthouse and was drifting without power in the blustery conditions.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 3:30pm and quickly took the vessel under tow back to Plockton. The Ptarmigan was safely returned to its mooring at 4:29pm and the crew departed the scene.

The lifeboat returned to Kyle and was refuelled and ready for service by 5:20pm.

Notes to editors:

  • The 2 pictures attached show the Ptarmigan under tow
  • Please credit the picture to Kyle RNLI

RNLI media contacts:

Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Kyle lifeboat towing the 'Ptarmigan'

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Kyle lifeboat towing the 'Ptarmigan'

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