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A rescue operation was launched after a yacht ran aground near Eilean Donan Castle today (Tuesday 3 September.)

UK Coastguard received reports that the 13 metre vessel was aground on a rock at the mouth of Loch Duich.

Kyle Lifeboat arrived on the scene at 10:55am and transferred a crew member onto the yacht.  

Speaking of the incident, a Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: "The yacht was well and truly stuck on the rock shortly after high tide.

"Due to the steep rock completely drying out at low tide, and with very big tides at the moment, it was decided there was a significant chance of the yacht sustaining a substantial amount of damage if it was left until the next high tide.

"Therefore, the crew decided to try and gently tow the yacht free from the rock."

The lifeboat took the vessel under tow, and even though it was hard aground, the crew managed to free the yacht at 11:15am.

Once the yacht was free, it was able to continue its journey under its own power.

Image from Kyle RNLI.

 

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