Tobermory RNLI lifeboat returned to its station this morning after a 17 hour, 180 mile rescue mission to assist a stricken cargo ship. Barra Island RNLI lifeboat will be returning to stand by later today (13 April 2013).
The Tobermory crew relieved the Barra Island lifeboat last night and stood by the 88 metre cargo ship (G: MV Wilson Gdynia) which is now drifting some 30 miles south west of Tiree in rough weather. Given that the cargo ship is drifting in a north westerly direction and is not in danger of encountering any hazards at present, Stornoway Coastguard stood down the Tobermory lifeboat at daybreak.
Having spent more than 14 hours on the ‘shout’ yesterday, Barra Island lifeboat will return to the cargo ship to provide assistance this evening until the arrival of an ocean going tug which is currently en route from Aberdeen and is expected to arrive in the early hours of Monday morning. The cargo ship has eight crew on board.
Tobermory RNLI Coxswain Andrew McHaffie said: ‘This was a long shout in difficult conditions with seas of up to ten metres at times.’
(Video credit: RNLI)
Published on Apr 14, 2014
A 88-metre cargo ship with steering problems battling gale force winds and seas of up to ten metres 15 miles west of the Skerryvore light house. Lifeboats from Barra and Tobermory stood by for over 24 hours.
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