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Powerboat suffers engine failure close to shore at Ardmore Lighthouse.

Lifeboats News Release

Just before 7pm on a Sunday evening the volunteer crew of the Tobermory Lifeboat are paged to launch, to assist a 17-foot powerboat with engine failure.

RNLI/Iain MacKenzie

Casualty vessel under tow in the Sound of Mull

An idyllic evening on mull was interrupted for the volunteer crew of the Tobermory Lifeboat, as the pagers sounded for a vessel in difficulty.

A small powerboat had lost its engine close to shore, just off Ardmore light to the north of Tobermory. Tobermory’s Severn Class Lifeboat the ‘Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay’ covered the short distance in good time arriving around 7:20pm.

On arrival two dive boats were in attendance offering assistance to the casualty vessel. Upon the arrival of the Tobermory Lifeboat at the scene, the dive boats departed and continued their respective journey’s.

A tow was quickly established, and the vessel was towed back to Tobermory harbour where it was transferred to the boarding boat and secured along side the pontoons.

Tobermory’s Lifeboat navigator said ‘Even in ideal conditions the sea can present many dangers. As this mechanical breakdown close to a rocky shoreline demonstrates. If you are in, or you are developing difficulties please call the coastguard immediately’.

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Tbermory Severn Class Lifeboat with vessel under tow

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Passing Rhubha nan Gall lighthouse heading back to Tobermory

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