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Yacht aground in the Sound of Mull

Lifeboats News Release

At 1:09pm on Wednesday 27th April, Stornoway Coastguard requested the launch of Oban RNLI Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald to assist a yacht aground in Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull.

The volunteer crew were paged immediately and the lifeboat was able to leave Oban Bay shortly afterwards. Whilst en route information was received  from Stornoway Coastguard that the two sailors on board the yacht had managed to refloat the vessel.

A local boat was standing by awaiting the arrival of the lifeboat in case the vessel began to take on water as a result of the grounding. At 1:35pm Oban lifeboat was alongside the yacht, and as soon as it was ascertained that there was no water ingress, and that the engine and steering were undamaged by the event, the skipper of the yacht was happy to continue on passage to Tobermory.

Oban Lifeboat then returned to station and was ready for service again at 2:25pm.

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