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A multi-agency search was launched after an emergency radio beacon went off yesterday (Tuesday 12 February.)

Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI, along with Mallaig and Portree lifeboats, a UK Coastguard helicopter and multiple ground-based Coastguard teams mobilised following the emergency signal, which was coming from the area between Kyle of Lochalsh and Broadford.  

As the search progressed, further information was received which seemed to suggest the emergency signal may be coming from the shore, and not out at sea. Eventually the signal was pinpointed to a malfunctioning beacon onboard a vessel which was in a local boat yard for the winter.

Once it was confirmed that the emergency signal received was coming from the defective beacon, the search was stood down.
Speaking of the incident, a Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: "Although this was a false alarm, it shows the importance of having an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) onboard your vessel, and the difference it can make in an emergency. Within minutes of the signal being received the Coastguard were able to task multiple agencies to the scene to begin searching the area."

Image from Kyle RNLI.  

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