Leverburgh Lifeboat called to suspected upturned vessel

STORNOWAY Coastguard requested the launch of RNLB Royal Thames at 7.43pm yesterday (Thursday, August 9th) to aid a suspected upturned vessel, which had been reported approximately four miles west of Ard Mor Point, Loch Dunvegan, Isle of Skye.

Dunvegan Mobile Coastguard were in contact with both Stornoway Coastguard and the RNLB Royal Thames and provided information and assistance from the shore.

The Royal Thames was on scene by 8.45pm. Following a search of the area, no vessels were found and the crew were stood down at 9.35pm.

The Lifeboat was back on station, refuelled and ready for service again by 11.10pm.

This was the second call-out for the Royal Thames yesterday.

Volunteer crew were called to assist with the rescue of a whale which was trapped at Leverburgh moorings at 11.45am. The crew’s services were not required and they were stood down at 1.20pm.

The RNLB Royal Thames has been based at Leverburgh Lifeboat Station for two days. She arrived on Tuesday 6th August to replace the RNLB Lifetime Care.