|The RNLI came to the rescue of one of the fishing boats that regularly visits Kinlochbervie on Monday.|
The Kingfisher (DH110) was returning from Macduff following maintenance in the shipyard there when low fuel alarms began sounding.
Not wishing to risk losing engine power in the vicinity of Cape Wrath the skipper called upon the RNLI for assistance.
The Lochinver lifeboat was despatched to intercept Kingfisher and provided an escort as the stricken vessel headed for Kinlochbervie.
|It appears a misunderstanding at Macduff meant the boat set to sea without a full load of fuel, unbeknown to the skipper and crew. By the time they arrived at Kinlochbervie they were running on vapours.|
The lifeboat involved isn't the usual Lochinver lifeboat but part of the RNLI relief fleet, the Fraser Flyer (17-17). It is a Severn class lifeboat, the largest type currently in service; self-righting and capable of operating in some of the worst weather imaginable.
The RNLI is entirely funded by public donations, receiving no money from the government. The majority of crew members are unpaid volunteers who give up their time and risk their lives for the benefit of others.