High drama for Tobermory Lifeboat off Isle of Muck

A week ago, on Friday 2nd August, the Tobermory Lifeboat was involved in the dramatic rescue of a yacht off the Isle of Muck.

Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey launched at 17.14 following the report of a yacht with two people onboard – with a torn foresail in Force 6 south-easterly gusting winds and rough seas between Ardnamurchan Point and the Isle of Muck.

Prior to the lifeboat’s arrival, a local diving charter vessel went to the assistance of the yacht.

As the skipper of the yacht tried to recover the torn foresail from the water, he fell into the sea. Fortunately he was wearing a lifejacket and he was swiftly recovered by the diving vessel.

With the skipper’s partner still aboard the yacht, the diving vessel stood by to await the arrival of the lifeboat.

By the time the lifeboat arrived on scene, the yacht had drifted fast in the stormy conditions and was just 0.7 miles off the treacherous Muck coastline.

The lifeboat’s volunteer crew managed to get a towrope to the yacht and towed her to sheltered waters off Sanna Bay near Ardnamurchan Point, where two lifeboat volunteers went aboard the yacht and the skipper’s partner was transferred to the lifeboat.

The difficult conditions meant a slow towing operation to Tobermory and the yacht was put safely alongside the pontoons shortly after 21.30.

The lifeboat was then refuelled and made ready for service at 22.00.

Note: There is video footage here of the establishing of the tow in rough sea conditions by Dr Sam Jones of Tobermory Lifeboat’s volunteer crew.

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