The new boat lift at Lochinver Harbor was pressed into service only hours after the Harbours Staff were trained in its use to rescue the damaged fishing vessel “Fortitude” UL 48 yesterday evening. The “Fortitude” had struck rocks and was taking water off Lochinver during the afternoon of the 16th August. The Lochinver Lifeboat was called out immediately and attended to the stricken vessel which was close to sinking. Using a high volume pump the Lifeboat crew prevented the water rising further, however could not get ahead and a second pump had the be delivered to the vessel by HM Coastguard helicopter. With both pumps running the “Fortitude” was taken under tow by the Lochinver Lifeboat and returned to Lochinver Harbour around 18:00, where it was recovered and lifted from the water by the new boatlift. The new boat lift supplied by “Sublift AB” of Sweden was joint funded by The Highland Council and LEADER and had had only been delivered the previous week. Highland Council Harbours staff who had only just undergone training in its operation when the emergency arose managed to lift the vessel to safety up the purpose built slipway, preventing further damage and perhaps loss of the vessel.