Kyle lifeboat in action

 

Kyle lifeboat was involved in a dramatic rescue to bring a stricken fishing vessel safely back to port.

The incident happened on Sunday afternoon (February 12) after the alarm was raised by UK Coastguard.

Before the lifeboat arrived a vessel belonging to marine aquaculture company, Johnson Marines,  the "Viking Atlantic" is believed to have been first on the scene and gave shelter to the stricken vessel until the RNLI team were in position.

According to the lifeboat crew the fishing boat, which had broken down, had two people on board and was drifting towards the southern shore of the Applecross peninsula. The vessel had suffered an engine failure approximately 1 mile from the Plockton lighthouse and was drifting without power in blustery conditions.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 3:30pm and quickly took the vessel under tow back to Plockton where it was safely returned to its mooring at 4:29pm and the crew departed the scene.

The lifeboat returned to Kyle and was refuelled and ready for service by 5:20pm