Tobermory lifeboat responds to family’s Mayday call from Loch Sunart

Yesterday morning, Friday 23 August 2013, the Tobermory lifeboat and its volunteer crew went to the rescue of a family of four on board a yacht taking on water in Loch Sunart .

The crew were paged at 10.38 after a ‘Mayday’ call was received from a yacht at the mouth of Loch Sunart.

It was taking on water and had two adults and two children aboard.

As other vessels in the area also headed for the casualty’s position, the Severn class Elizabeth Fairlle Ramsey made best speed towards the yacht and was alongside it within 15 minutes of first being paged.

The four people on board were immediately taken aboard the lifeboat and two of the lifeboat’s crew were put aboard the casualty vessel to assess the situation.

Once the crew had put the salvage pump aboard, the casualty vessel was taken under tow to Tobermory, where she was put alongside the pontoons just before midday.

The lifeboat then returned to station where she was refuelled and made ready for service.

Two of the lifeboat crew remained aboard the casualty vessel for much of the afternoon where they assisted the owner with temporary repairs and pumping operations.

Tobermory RNLI full time Coxswain Andrew McHaffie said: ’There was potential for there to have been a very different outcome today but the combination of the effective operation of the casualty’s bilge alarm, the skipper’s prompt distress call and the fast response from the volunteer lifeboat crew meant that we were able to get to the casualty and bring things under control before their situation deteriorated.’

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