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Byline: The volunteer crew of RNLI Kessock were paged to launch their lifeboat, The Robert and Isobel Mowat on Saturday 31 May at 7.05 pm to assist a yacht that had gone aground at Skate Bank.
Page Content: The singlehanded yachtsman had been out for an afternoon
sail when he was returning to Inverness marina and came stuck on Skate Bank.
Wind and weather conditions were favourable, although the tide was almost at
its lowest.

 

The 36 ft yacht weighed roughly 8 tonnes. Time was important
for the 4 volunteer crew to get to vessel as soon as possible if there was
going to be any chance of freeing the vessel without waiting for the tide to
return.

 

Arriving on the scene, RNLI Kessock Helmsman Donnie MacRae
put one of his crew aboard the yacht to check there was no damage before
attaching a towline to try and drag the yacht free.

 

The weight of the vessel and lack of water made it quite a
pull for the Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat. After 2 failed attempts it was decided
that one more pull would be tried before giving up and waiting for the incoming
tide to re-float it. This would have meant waiting roughly 3 hours.

 

On the 3rd and final attempt the yacht was
dragged free from Skate Bank.

 

RNLI Kessock Helmsman, Donnie MacRae said: ‘This was an
unlucky local competent sailor who was caught out by the low tide. Thankfully
all ended well and there was no damage to the yacht’

 

With vessels engine restarted the volunteer lifeboat crew
escorted the sailor safely back to Inverness Marina where they were met by the
Inverness Coastguard Team.

Byline: The volunteer crew of RNLI Kessock were paged to launch their lifeboat, The Robert and Isobel Mowat on Saturday 31 May at 7.05 pm to assist a yacht that had gone aground at Skate Bank.
Page Content: The singlehanded yachtsman had been out for an afternoon sail when he was returning to Inverness marina and came stuck on Skate Bank. Wind and weather conditions were favourable, although the tide was almost at its lowest.  

The 36 ft yacht weighed roughly 8 tonnes. Time was important for the 4 volunteer crew to get to vessel as soon as possible if there was going to be any chance of freeing the vessel without waiting for the tide to return.  

Arriving on the scene, RNLI Kessock Helmsman Donnie MacRae put one of his crew aboard the yacht to check there was no damage before attaching a towline to try and drag the yacht free.  

The weight of the vessel and lack of water made it quite a pull for the Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat. After 2 failed attempts it was decided that one more pull would be tried before giving up and waiting for the incoming tide to re-float it. This would have meant waiting roughly 3 hours.  

On the 3rd and final attempt the yacht was dragged free from Skate Bank.  

RNLI Kessock Helmsman, Donnie MacRae said: ‘This was an unlucky local competent sailor who was caught out by the low tide. Thankfully all ended well and there was no damage to the yacht’  

With vessels engine restarted the volunteer lifeboat crew escorted the sailor safely back to Inverness Marina where they were met by the Inverness Coastguard Team.