Leverburgh Lifeboat aids grounded fishing boat off Skye

Leverburgh’s RNLI Lifeboat, The Royal Thames received a request for assistance from Stornoway Coastguard after a fishing vessel grounded on rocks, north-east of the Ascrib Islands, Loch Snizort, Isle of Skye.

The 14.9m, Stornoway-registered crabber requested assistance at 0620 hours, after grounding. There were 5 persons on board, and nobody was hurt.

Leverburgh Lifeboat was paged at approx. 0620 hours, and arrived on scene at 0800 hours. Stornoway Coastguard Helicopter also went to the scene, but left once the Lifeboat arrived. After careful assessment of the situation, 4 of the fishing vessel’s crew were transferred on to the RNLB The Royal Thames. The Lifeboat then waited on scene for the vessel to re-float on the rising tide.

At approx. 1210 hours the casualty vessel floated, and the volunteer RNLI crew attached a tow rope to her and helped her off the rocks. The vessel then made for Uig Pier, under her own power, (escorted by the Lifeboat), for inspection.

Leverburgh Lifeboat was back at the station, and ready for service again at 1600 hours.