The Oban Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald, launched in the small hours yesterday – at 02:43 on Friday 5th April – to go to the aid of the fishing boat, FV Adaptable, which had gone aground at Ardtonish point – south east of the entrance to Loch Aline on the Morvern coast of the Sound of Mull.
Once on scene, the first job was to make sure that there was no ingress of water and no pollution from the boat.
Assured on both counts and with an ebbing tide, the lifeboat quickly got a tow line aboard the stricken boat.
After towing from the bow, with engine astern to pull Adaptable free of the shore, the tow line was was transferred to the stern of the lifeboat.
Adaptable had problems with her steering gear, making her a tricky and slow tow back to Oban – but the skilled Oban Lifeboat crew had her berthed alongside the North Pier by 06:05.
The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for service by 06:40.