RNLI lifeboats assisted a 1,200 tonne cargo vessel in the Kylerhea narrows.

Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig RNLI were paged at 7:34am on Sunday 18 February.  The cargo vessel, CEG Universe, was disabled with a broken rudder.

The vessel attempted to use its anchor to try and hold position against very strong tidal currents.  

Due to the 8 knots of tide which runs through the channel, and the fact that the cargo vessel’s rudder was jammed full to port, it was decide to wait for a tug to assist with the tow.  Whilst awaiting on the arrival of the SD Kyle of Lochalsh from the BUTEC base in Kyle, the casualty vessel’s anchor brake failed and the vessel began to drift backwards.  Mallaig and Kyle lifeboats took the cargo vessel under tow and held it against the current until the tug arrived on scene at 10:15am.

The SD Kyle of Lochalsh and the two lifeboats then manoeuvred the cargo vessel through the Narrows and towed it into Kyle Harbour at 12:10pm.