This is the piece of the jigsaw puzzle linking the two other rescue stories just published.
The Tobermory lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, launched at 1025 this morning to go to the assistance of a yacht aground, above, just north of the island of Risga in Loch Sunart.
The lifeboat put three crew aboard the yacht, along with a salvage pump. A RIB with visiting recreational divers also stood by to assist and one of the divers managed to effect a temporary repair to the yacht’s hull.
The yacht was successfully refloated as the tide rose, at about 1330 – and was towed to Tobermory. The lifeboat had just entered Tobermory Bay when it was approached by the same dive RIB with two divers on board with suspected ‘bends’.
Two crew were put aboard with oxygen to care for the divers and escorted them to just north of Craignure where they were transferred to Oban lifeboat to be taken to the decompression chamber at Dunstaffnage.
The lifeboat was ready for service at 1645 and the two crew returned on the RIB, shortly before 1800. This was the lifeboat’s five shouts in six days.
What the lifeboat crew may not know is that a private boat had answered the MayDay call put out by the grounded yacht was that of writer, Alexander McCall Smith. The author of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, had steamed to the grounded yacht when he pied up the MayDay call, witnessed the speedy arrival of the Tobermory lifeboat and the efficiency of the crew, reported the experienced on his Twitter account- and then, presumably quietly skid away.
We have published on the experience from Mr McCall Smith’s perspective and, separately, on Oban Lifeboat’s report on the shout to the divers, where they liaised with the Tobermory crew.
That story ended well too, with one diver delivered to the hyperbaric unit at Dunstaffnage and the other for a check up at Oban Hospital.
The photograph above is by Dr Sam Jones, volunteer crew member and Press Officer for the Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat.