Ariane Burgess MSP praised the efforts of Kyle & Mallaig RNLI volunteers in affecting a rapid response to a trawler that had run aground on rocks in Klyerhea Narrows.
The rescue, which took place during a snowstorm, enabled the stricken vessel to return to port for inspection with the Mallaig Lifeboat escorting the ship to Mallaig once the tide changed.
At one point the ship was tilted at 26 degrees.
All 7 crewmen were uninjured.
Commenting, Ms Burgess said:
“The rescue is testament to the professionalism and skill of RNLI volunteers and the Coastguard.
“This vital service is of immense value to all our coastal communities, and I’d like to thank the volunteers who turn out in all weathers to offer protection and save lives.
“This rescue and the loss earlier this month of a yacht in Loch Inver, with one experienced sailor still missing, is a sharp reminder of the dedication and selflessness of RNLI volunteers as the organisation celebrates its bicentennial.”