Oban lifeboat launched twice in 12 hours

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Oban lifeboat launched to investigate a yacht and then to transfer patients from Mull, all within 12 hours.

Following a call from concerned members of the public to Stornoway Coastguard, Oban Lifeboat was tasked to check on a yacht that had been anchored in Puilladobhrain for nearly a week.
The volunteer crew of Oban RNLI lifeboat assembled and the lifeboat departed it’s berth at 10:52am. However, shortly after doing so Stornoway Coastguard managed to contact the yacht and were able to confirm that all was well. The crew of Oban Lifeboat are always happy to respond to incidents such as this, as we are happy to know that there are plenty of people keeping a watchful eye on vessels at sea.

At 8:55pm on Saturday 30th April, Oban lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald launched to transport an elderly patient from the Isle of Mull in need of urgent medical assistance.

The five volunteer crew of Oban lifeboat were joined by two paramedics and arrived at the linkspan in Craignure exactly thirty minutes after leaving Oban. They were met by a waiting ambulance and took the patient onto the lifeboat for the journey back to Oban, arriving back at the lifeboat station at 10:15pm.

Upon arrival back in Oban, the lifeboat was met by another ambulance which completed the transfer to Oban, Lorn and The Isles Hospital.

Oban lifeboat was then refulled and made ready for service again by 10:30pm

Note to editor:

The attached photo was taken from the lifeboat whilst tied up to the linkspan at Craignure.he attached photo was taken from the lifeboat whilst tied up to the linkspan at Craignure.

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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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