Tobermory RNLI lifeboat launches semi-submerged kayak off Ardnamurchan
The Tobermory RNLI lifeboat was launched following a report of a semi-submerged kayak found in Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
The kayak that was found with a dry bag was discovered by the crew of a passing yacht who contacted Stornoway Coastguard. The Tobermory RNLI volunteer crew were called in and the lifeboat was launched at noon and quickly set speed to the spot to begin a search in the area.
Arriving at Sanna Bay, the Stornoway Coast Guard confirmed that the kayak had been taken out to sea from Loch Scavaig on the Isle of Skye and that there were no missing people. The lifeboat crew collected the kayak and dry bag and transported them to Kilchoan where they were handed over to the local Coast Guard Rescue Team.
The cry came six days after a call to a yacht that had lost its training in the Sound of Mull on the evening of Thursday, May 20, 2021. The lifeboat encountered the yacht at the entrance to Tobermory Bay and use a tugboat nearby helped her moor at the harbor pontoons.
Tobermory RNLI Station Team Leader David McHaffie said: ‘In both of these incidents, those involved made the right call and contacted the Coast Guard so that we could respond in time. We would much rather be called too early than too late. If you see someone in difficulty in or on the water, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard ”.
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