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Mallaig RNLI tows fishing boat to safety

Mallaig lifeboat Image copyright RNLI
Image caption Mallaig lifeboat went to the aid of the broken-down fishing boat

A fishing vessel was towed to safety after getting into difficulty in deteriorating weather on Sunday.

The boat was about half a mile south of the Isle of Muck when its propeller failed.

The bad weather also meant the anchor was unable to hold the boat in position.

Stornoway Coastguard was alerted to the incident at 12:44. Mallaig lifeboat was launched and towed the fishing boat to Mallaig.

Another boat in the area had reached the fishing vessel ahead of the lifeboat and, using an attached line, managed to keep the vessel off the shore until the RNLI crew arrived.

In another incident on Sunday, Aberdeen Coastguard launched the South Queensferry inshore lifeboat to pick up four people stranded on Cramond Island in the Firth of Forth.

The four, all believed to be adults, were said to be safe and well.

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