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Byline: Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI’s volunteer crew were on a routine training exercise practising towing techniques, when they had to put their skills to the test for real after a yacht dragged its anchor and became caught on a mooring
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Kyle lifeboat, Spirit of Fred. Olsen was on exercise in the Plockton area, when the skipper of the 39 foot yacht Iona flagged down the lifeboat and asked for assistance at 08:15pm.  The yacht, which had 5 persons on board, had dragged its anchor which had then got caught around a mooring as the winds strengthened.

The lifeboat put a crew member on-board the casualty vessel to assess the situation before deciding to tow the yacht clear of the snagged mooring.  When the lifeboat towed the Iona clear of the mooring, the anchor was untangled and was then able to be raised.  The yacht then made its way onto a safe mooring whilst the lifeboat stood by to assist if needed.  By 09:15pm the casualty vessel was safely on the mooring and the lifeboat made its way back to Kyle.

Speaking of the incident, one of the crew members said: ‘We train every week to ensure we are always ready with the relevant skills, but we didn’t expect these skills to be put to the test so soon after practising them’.

Notes to editors:
• This is the 14th time Kyle lifeboat has been called out on Service in 2014

RNLI media contacts:
Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or montuba@gmail.com

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Byline: Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI's volunteer crew were on a routine training exercise practising towing techniques, when they had to put their skills to the test for real after a yacht dragged its anchor and became caught on a mooring
Page Content:

Kyle lifeboat, Spirit of Fred. Olsen was on exercise in the Plockton area, when the skipper of the 39 foot yacht Iona flagged down the lifeboat and asked for assistance at 08:15pm.  The yacht, which had 5 persons on board, had dragged its anchor which had then got caught around a mooring as the winds strengthened.

The lifeboat put a crew member on-board the casualty vessel to assess the situation before deciding to tow the yacht clear of the snagged mooring.  When the lifeboat towed the Iona clear of the mooring, the anchor was untangled and was then able to be raised.  The yacht then made its way onto a safe mooring whilst the lifeboat stood by to assist if needed.  By 09:15pm the casualty vessel was safely on the mooring and the lifeboat made its way back to Kyle.

Speaking of the incident, one of the crew members said: ‘We train every week to ensure we are always ready with the relevant skills, but we didn’t expect these skills to be put to the test so soon after practising them’.


Notes to editors:
• This is the 14th time Kyle lifeboat has been called out on Service in 2014

RNLI media contacts:
Andrew MacDonald, Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07748 707606 or montuba@gmail.com

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.