Lifeboats launched to rescue grounded trawler at Kylerhea Narrows

A RESCUE effort involving lifeboats and plane was launched after a fishing trawler ran aground on the Kylerhea Narrows.

Each Kyle and Mallaig RNLI volunteers and a UK Coastguard helicopter have been referred to as after the 22 metre vessel, with a crew of seven on board, ran aground on rocks off Kylerhea on Tuesday 16 January.

Kyle lifeboat Spirit of Fred. Olsen was launched in a snowstorm and was the primary to reach on scene at 6:00pm.

On arrival, the stranded vessel was on the rocks and was itemizing barely to port. Nevertheless, the crew members on board have been all accounted for and unhurt.

Grounded trawler
The Kylerhea Narrows are infamous for his or her tides, which may make traversing them troublesome

A UK Coastguard helicopter from Inverness was additionally dispatched. Nevertheless, upon arriving on scene, it was deemed that there was no extra hazard to the crew, so the plane returned to base.

There have been fears of a capsize because the infamous tide within the narrows was coming in quickly, transferring and pivoting the vessel across the rock and forcing the boat onerous aground.

The fishing vessel’s crew readied its life raft and ready to desert ship. The lifeboat couldn’t get alongside the trawler, however stood by to rescue any fishermen who entered the water.

The Mallaig lifeboat then arrived on scene at 6:30pm, and a few minutes later the tide rose sufficiently that the trawler started to degree off after which got here off of the rocks.

Because of the nature of the grounding, the crew determined to go to the closest port – in Mallaig – in order that the vessel might be inspected for injury.

Mallaig lifeboat shadowed the boat again to harbour to make sure its secure arrival, and Kyle lifeboat returned to station.

Jonathon MacKinnon, RNLI Helm for Kyle’s Lifeboat, mentioned: “This was a quickly evolving state of affairs which grew to become extraordinarily severe when the tide started to pressure the vessel over.

“There was the potential for it to go incorrect fairly rapidly, so it was a aid to see the vessel float free 20 minutes later.”

The Royal Nationwide Lifeboat Establishment, or RNLI, is a charity devoted to saving lives at sea.

Its volunteers present a 24-hour search and rescue service round the UK and Republic of Eire coasts.

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations within the UK and Eire and greater than 240 lifeguard models on seashores across the UK and Channel Islands.


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