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The MV Kaami had left Drogheda Port on the evening of Saturday 21 March and was due to arrive in Slite, Sweden this weekend.
But the 90m cargo vessel ran aground in The Minch at what’s known locally as Eugenie Rock, about six nautical miles north-west of Duntulm on Skye.
Portree RNLI’s lifeboat was launched at 2.24am yesterday morning in response to a MayDay call from the MV Kaami, as did the Emergency Towing Vessel Ievoli Black and the Pharos, a Northern Lighthouse Board buoy-laying vessel.
The duty Stornoway Coastguard rescue helicopter arrived on scene, where weather conditions has a Force 8 southerly wind with a rough sea state, and began to airlift eight of the Russian crew to Stornoway. No injuries were reported.
The 26m whitefish trawler Sedulous had five crew on board when it went ashore around the north end of the island as it was leaving Scalloway Harbour for fishing grounds to the west of the Scalloway Islands, just after 3.30am.
Another local trawler, the Radiant Star, was already in the area and had offered its assistance, along with Scalloway Harbour pilot boat Lyrie.
After waiting for the tide to rise, the Radiant Star crew were successful in establishing a tow line with Sedulous, and managed to pull the boat back to deeper water before any serious damage was done.
The Sedulous was then able to return to port in Scalloway under her own steam, escorted by the RNLI Charles Lidbury, and the Aith lifeboat returned to station by 8am.
Aith RNLI lifeboat coxswain John Robertson said: “Life-threatening incidents can happen at sea at any time. So it’s important that you call for help when something goes wrong.
“I’d like to thank the crew of the Radiant Star for their safe and essential assistance this morning. Their quick, competent response was an important part of getting Sedulous and her crew back to safety.
“Local RNLI crews are always ready to respond, and I’m pleased that we once again assembled so many volunteers so quickly.”
John added: “This was our first callout since the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in Shetland, at a time when many folk are self-isolating or social distancing.
“Helping slow the spread of this virus ensures that our volunteers remain healthy, and are able to keep helping save lives at sea.”
The RNLI is urging anyone planning a visit to the coast to stay safe and not take any unnecessary risks.
Given the current Covid-19 outbreak in the UK and Ireland and the importance of social distancing and avoiding non-essential contact with others, coastal areas may be seen as providing an opportunity to enjoy fresh air and exercise while adhering to government guidance.
However, our coastal areas can also present dangers of their own. The RNLI is asking people to ensure they follow essential water safety advice.
Please take the time to take note of signage at the entrances of beaches advising of the local hazards, check tide times to avoid being cut off and to check weather conditions before setting out as these can change quickly.
If you see someone in difficulty, or you get into difficulty yourself, please call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
Gareth Morrison, RNLI’s head of water safety, said: “Our beaches and coastal areas may see an increase in visitors in the days and weeks to come, so we’re urging everyone to follow our advice and stay safe.
“Whether you’re fishing, surfing, kayaking, sailing or just going for a walk, we’re asking people to be extra responsible and to avoid taking unnecessary risks to themselves and others which could put unnecessary pressure on front line services.”
The RNLI advises coastal visitors to:
- take care if walking near cliffs — know your route;
- check tide times daily;
- if going afloat, carry a means for calling for help and always wear a lifejacket;
- check your equipment is in good working order; and
- be aware of the conditions and your capabilities and only enter the water if it is safe to do so.
“During these unprecedented times, we have taken steps to close our lifeboat stations and shops to the public. However RNLI lifeboats and stations remain fully operational and we will still launch to those in peril on the sea,” Morrison added.
“As with all public places we’d encourage people to follow guidelines provided by the government to maintain a two-metre distance, follow good hygiene practices and avoid mass gatherings.”
More safety advice can be found at rnli.org/safety
In a statement, the lifesaving charity said: “The welfare of our volunteers, supporters and staff along with our ability to maintain our world-class lifesaving service is our priority.
“With this in mind, and given the current situation with Covid-19, we have taken the decision to close all RNLI shops, museums and visitor centres with immediate effect.
“Our lifeboat stations remain operational and we will continue to respond to those in need but will not be open to visitors.
“Our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril at sea.”
Portrush RNLI has appointed a new Coxswain/Mechanic to replace the recently retired Anthony Chambers. Dave Robinson has been a popular volunteer crew member at the station for seven years and was successful at interview in February 2020.
Dave (aged 27) was recently employed with the Merchant Navy in the North Sea and is delighted to have a job with the RNLI which combines his love of the Lifeboat and being based permanently at home. His fiancée, Livvy is also delighted as the pair are getting married in May this year and have recently bought a house in Portrush.
Dave’s responsibilities will include looking after and maintaining the two Lifeboats at Portrush- The Severn and the D class, as well as making sure all PPE is in order and ensuring all equipment is fit for purpose. He will be a key member of the Operations Team, working closely with the Lifeboat Operations Manager, Deputy Launching Authorities and the other volunteer coxswains on station.
Dave said:- This is a dream come true for me as I have enjoyed working as a volunteer for so many years and learning from the best. Portrush Lifeboat Station is a wonderful station to be associated with and am looking forward to getting started’
Keith Gilmore, Lifeboat Operations Manager said:- I am very pleased with the appointment of David Robinson as Coxswain/Mechanic of Portrush Lifeboat. David has been a dedicated and effective volunteer crewmember for seven years. The experience that he has gained during that time, both on the lifeboat, and in the challenging conditions of the North Sea in the Merchant Navy, ensure that he has the total confidence of the crew in his suitability to take on this new role. Well done David!
After putting out a ‘Pan Pan’ alert, the crew managed to get the fire under control. But in doing so, they were forced to shut down both engines and were drifting about a mile from the treacherous Ardnamruchan coast in western Scotland without any power.
Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew received an immediate launch page at 5.32pm and the lifeboat was underway just 13 minutes later, making best speed to the casualty vessel.
The crew passed a line to the vessel and she was towed towards Tobermory in relatively good conditions.
However, just after dropping the tow rope and securing the fish farm vessel for an alongside tow, the wind picked up significantly which made manoeuvring the much larger vessel a challenge for the lifeboat and her crew.
Nevertheless, the vessel was successfully put alongside the aquaculture pontoon in Tobermory where local coastguard rescue teams and staff from the Tobermory Harbour Authority were able to help secure her.
This was the first ‘shout’ for deputy coxswain Dave Underwood who only qualified as a coxswain in late January, and this was only his second weekend on call.
Lifeboat operations manager Dr Sam Jones said: “We’re extremely pleased that the crew of the fish farm vessel managed to get the fire under control so quickly and that no one was hurt.
“Given the nature of the emergency and the size of the vessel, this would be an extremely challenging shout for any coxswain, let alone a relatively new one. Dave certainly had a baptism of fire in more ways than one on Friday the 13th.”
This full-time temporary role (for between three and six months) interviews on the week of Monday 13 April and would be best suited to someone ether studying or recently graduated from a degree in PR, communications or media.
The successful candidate would be required to:
- Plan, prepare and issue multimedia news releases, using text, photos and videos, and conventional and social media channels;
- Respond to media enquiries to enhance and protect the reputation of the RNLI;
- Establish and maintain good media relations;
- Prioritise and select newsworthy incidents to publicise;
- Support and brief RNLI staff and volunteers in media activity;
- Edit and upload content to the RNLI News Centre;
- Build professional working relationships with a variety of RNLI people;
- Maintain an awareness of the current news agenda and monitor coverage of the RNLI in the south west;
- Assist the Regional or National Press Office with handling major incidents and issues; and
- Support the media activity of media engagement team members and operations personnel remotely or, if required, on location.
Some travel may be required and you may be required to work out of normal office hours on occasion.
The role is for someone who would would enjoy working in a busy communications team with a varied workload, who is self-motivated, enjoys working with people, has excellent spoken and written communication skills, is a good all-round communicator, and who has a high level of computer proficiency and is able to remain calm under pressure.
If you have a passion for PR and working with incredible lifeboat volunteers, the RNLI would love to hear from you.
The closing date or applications is Wednesday 25 March. Full details of the position, including employee benefits and how to apply, can be found on the RNLI website HERE.
Two volunteer crew were put ashore to see if they could offer any assistance to the coastguard. The swimmer was uninjured, however the low tide at the time meant that walking across the sharp rocks was not possible in bare foot.
The decision was taken to winch them aboard the helicopter before landing on Red Island where local coastguard volunteers had set up and secured a landing area. The casualty was then transferred to an ambulance to be assessed.
The crew returned to the lifeboat and they stood by while the winch operation was carried out before standing down and returning to the station.
Speaking about the callout, volunteer lifeboat press officer Gerry Canning said: “The swimmer made the right call to head for shore and look for assistance as soon as possible. This was a good outcome today and it’s always great to see how well the different rescue services work together.”
The incident came nine days after Skerries RNLI’s first callout of the year, responding to the activation of an emergency beacon at sea.
At 4.17pm on Wednesday 4 March, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards, and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) was launched to a vessel with one person on board which had run aground approx. 2 miles North of Carrybridge.
Winds were North West, Force 1. Visibility was good with clear conditions.
The lifeboat and RWC arrived with the casualty vessel which had run aground due to the high-water levels at present. The volunteer crew checked the wellbeing of the passenger on the casualty boat and the vessel itself and found all was were ok.
With the owner’s permission, a tow was established with the casualty vessel and it was refloated into deeper water. The craft was checked for damage and all was found to be in order. The vessel with its one person onboard was able to continue on its onward journey.
Speaking following the call out, Chris Cathcart, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Carrybridge RNLI advised all boat users: ‘‘At this time of year when the water levels are higher than normal, it is especially important before setting out to plan your journey, have the relevant charts required, lifejackets for all on board and a means of calling for assistance if you find yourself in trouble. If you see someone in trouble on the water or are in difficulties yourself the number to dial is: 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’’
Pagers sounded at 1.58pm after a call was placed to the coastguard reporting two people stranded at the base of the cliffs just east of Howth’s East Pier.
Volunteer crew members launched the inshore lifeboat within 12 minutes of getting the call and proceeded to the area, where they quickly located the casualties.
Both were taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over and were found to be unharmed and in good spirits as they were returned safely to shore.
They confirmed that they were tourists visiting the area and got caught out by the incoming tide while walking at the base of the cliffs.
Speaking following the callout, lifeboat helm Killian O’Reilly said: “We were delighted to assist the tourists after they found themselves in difficulty.
“They did the right thing and called for assistance and remained calm. As visitors to the area they were unfamiliar with the tides and location.
“We were pleased to drop them back ashore safe and sound and hope they enjoy the remainder of their visit to Ireland.”