Tobermory on shout to singlehanded sailor in thick fog

Tobermory lifeboat in shout in thick fog

The volunteer crew of the Tobermory Lifeboat are having a hyperactive period of duty, out again on 12th July, yesterday, to the rescue of a singlehanded sailor in thick fog in the Sound of Mull. The photograph says it all.

Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, Tobermory’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat, launched just after 09.30 yesterday to go to the assistance of the skipper whose yacht had encountered mechanical problems in thick fog and light winds, south of Calve Island, off Tobermory.

With visibility down to just a few metres, the lifeboat crew located the yacht  – ‘shout’ has to be the right term for such occasions – and took the vessel under an alongside-tow, proceeding slowly back to Tobermory.

The yacht was taken to the pontoons to undergo repairs and Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey lifeboat was back on station and ready for service again at 11.15.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain, Andrew McHaffie said: ‘The skipper took the right course of action in calling for assistance as visibility was extremely poor and he was not only in danger of drifting onto the rocky shoreline but the risk of collision in the fog was also particularly high this morning.’

Photograph by Dr Sam Jones of the Tobermory RNLI crew.

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