Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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Six people were assisted from a sinking yacht by Portree RNLI.

The yacht, located in the Shieldaig area, had dragged her anchor during the night and collided with submerged rocks.  

Portree Lifeboat crew were called out on Sunday 16 September to help with the large hole on the bow.  They stated: "Two lifeboat crew were put aboard with the salvage pump in a frantic bid to stop the vessel from sinking.  The vessel was then taken under tow by the lifeboat and a course set for Portree where repairs could be made.

"What followed was a busy and stressful 6 hours for the crew as they battled to keep the water level on the yacht at a manageable level." 

Coxswain Donald Budge said: “It was one of these situations where you have to improvise with what you have available. At one point we had part of the yacht's sail wrapped round the bow to stem the flow of water entering the vessel. This was working great until we got further into the Raasay Sound where the wind picked up and it eventually ripped.”

The yacht was safely taken into Portree harbour at 5:30pm.  

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