Oban lifeboat assists boat aground near Torsa

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Oban RNLI lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald were called upon to assist a yacht which had gone aground to the South of the Isle of Torsa on Friday 31st May.

Just after 4:30pm Oban lifeboat was launched to a “Pan Pan” call from a yacht aground at Ardinamir at the south of Torsa, shortly after high water.  The lifeboat made best speed to the area and arrived at 5:15pm to find that the yacht was also being given assistance by two local RIB’s and another yacht in an attempt to tow off and refloat the vessel.

The lifeboat’s XP boat was sent into the anchorage with two volunteer crew and an assessment then was made to leave the vessel and await the next high tide to refloat the vessel.  During the attempted tow off by one of the local RIBs the engine overheated and requested a tow from the lifeboat to Easdale, en-route to Oban.

At 11pm Oban lifeboat was launched again to ensure the vessel was safe on refloating.  The boat refloated at 12:30am and secured next to another boat.  After checking all was well, the lifeboat was free to return to station and was ready again for service at 2:15am, almost ten hours after the initial call for assistance was received.

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Iain Fulton, Oban Lifeboat Press Officer on 01631 710001 or 07855 555539
Email: press@obanlifeboat.co.uk

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 07786 668903.
Email: Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

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