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Portree Lifeboat responds to a MayDay call from a grounded cargo ship, MV Kaami

The Portree Lifeboat was launched at 2.24am Monday 23 March 2020, in response to a MayDay call from the cargo ship, MV Kaami, which had run aground in The Minch.

The cargo ship had ran aground on the rock, known locally as Eugenie Rock which in about 6 nautical miles North West off Duntulm, Isle of Skye.

Also called to the scene were the Emergency Towing Vessel Ievoli Black and the Pharos, a Northern Lighthouse Board buoy-laying vessel.

The duty Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Helicopter arrived on scene and began to airlift 8 of the Russian crew to Stornoway, no injuries were reported.

The weather conditions on scene was a F8 Southerly wind (45mph) with rough sea state.

The MV Kaami, is a Bahamas registered 90 metre cargo vessel. She left Drogheda port in Ireland on the evening of Saturday 21 March and was due to arrive in Slite, Sweden, the following Saturday morning.
The Ievoli Black remains on standby.

The Lifeboat was stood down about 4.30am and returned to Portree.

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