Oban RNLI lifeboat rescues motor vessel from the Falls of Lora

Lifeboats News Release

This afternoon Oban RNLI lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald was launched immediately at 4:55pm at the request of Stornoway coastguard to a motor vessel with one person on board, who was reported to be in serious trouble directly under the Connel Bridge.

The lifeboat made best speed towards the vessel and arrived within fifteen minutes to find that the vessel’s skipper had managed to deploy his anchor in the very strong currents on the flood spring tide. Fortunately the anchor was for the meantime holding the vessel off the rocks behind.  The Falls of Lora are a spectacular set of overfalls at the mouth of Loch Etive where tides are frequently recorded at around ten knots, this equates to a movement of 4,600 tonnes of water per second at peak flow rate, with a drop of 1.2 metres.

Oban lifeboat managed to manoeuvre upstream of the casualty and get a tow line aboard for the skipper to attach.  Once the tow was attached the skipper then had to cut his own anchor line as the lifeboat took up the slack and proceeded to tow the vessel out of the strong current to safety.  The skipper was seen to be bleeding from an injury to one hand sustained whilst deploying his anchor, so our crew doctor attended to him whilst his boat was placed back on his mooring.  Once the vessel was secured the casualty was then taken back to the Lifeboat to station where at 6:12pm he was transferred by our doctor to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

RNLI media contacts

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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