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Willie MelvilleVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
He had swallowed a fair amount of water
Lifeboats News Release
At 5.20 pm on Wednesday 15 August Oban lifeboat was called to attend to a 77 year-old man who had fallen off the pontoon.
He was trying to moor the yacht Pennant in the Marina at Ardentrive, Isle of Kerrera.
He had swallowed a fair amount of water and Dr Colin Wilson of the lifeboat crew thought it best that he be examined in hospital and drove him there once the lifeboat had brought him back to Oban.The strong north easterly wind which had been blowing all day affects the Ardentrive Marina badly and causes vessels in process of tying up to sheer about suddenly, this perhaps being the reason for the gentleman’s unexpected swim. RNLI Media Contacts: Willie Melville, Oban Lifeboat Press Officer 01631-562778 and 077177 25894.
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