Coming to aid of cargo vessel

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Stornoway RNLI lifeboat ‘Tom Sanderson’ and volunteer crew launched at 6am on Sunday morning to assist a cargo vessel that was taking on water south of Tarbert, Harris.

The Stornoway lifeboat sped to the scene arriving shortly after the vessel had been secured alongside the CalMac pier in Tarbert.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Coastguard Rescue Teams and a fish farm support boat also attended the scene.

The fish farm vessel transferred a portable pump onto the casualty, and this with the vessel’s own pumps, were able to cope with the ingress of water.

A local dive company were able to reduce the water flow to allow time for a more permanent repair to be prepared.

Once the water was reduced and the vessel’s own pumps were able to cope, the ‘Tom Sanderson’ Stornoway RNLI lifeboat was released to return to station.

Stornoway Lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 5.30pm.