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Tobermory RNLI involved in multi agency search on Isle of Mull

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew were involved in a multi agency search operation on the Isle of Mull following the discovery of a vehicle in the sea early on Saturday morning (28th April 2018).

Tobermory RNLI’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey was launched at 7.40am and proceeded to Fishnish Bay on the east coast of Mull where the car had been located in the sea. Both the lifeboat and its daughter craft, the ‘Y Boat’, carried out a shoreline search for the vehicle’s occupants with local Coastguard Rescue Teams, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland carrying out searches ashore. The Scottish Ambulance Service was also in attendance.

The car’s occupant was found safely ashore and once it had been confirmed that there were no other passengers unaccounted for, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to Tobermory where she was refuelled and made ready for service at 1030.

Tobermory RNLI’s Second Coxswain James Fairbairns said: ‘This rescue operation involved all of the emergency services on the island and we were fortunate to have excellent weather and sea conditions for searching. We are pleased that the occupant of the vehicle was found safe ashore as the vehicle would have been largely submerged at high tide.’

Notes to editors

RNLI video will be available on Monday 30th April.

For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or Gemma Macdonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 07826 900639.

Vehicle in the water at Fishnish Bay, Isle of Mull

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Vehicle in the water at Fishnish Bay, Isle of Mull
Tobermory RNLI lifeboat launching on service to vehicle in the water

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Tobermory RNLI lifeboat launching on service to vehicle in the water
Vehicle in the water at Fishnish Bay, Isle of Mull

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Vehicle in the water at Fishnish Bay, Isle of Mull

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