Oban lifeboat launches to aid stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI lifeboat launched this afternoon (Saturday 7th May) in response to a

Oban lifeboat was requested to launch by Stornoway Coastguard at 3.30pm this afternoon to assist a yacht that had broadcasted a 'Mayday' call having experienced steering problems close to the Lismore lighthouse.

Shortly after the lifeboat arrived on scene, the casualty vessel had managed to engage their emergency steering and was making way towards Dunstaffnage Marina. Our thanks go to the Calmac ferry 'Hebridean Isles' who also diverted to assist but was not required at this time.

With the yacht underway, the volunteer crew escorted the vessel with regular communication checks via VHF radio. On route, it soon became apparent that one of the yachts crew had become unwell and the decision was made to transfer them to the lifeboat. The lifeboat then proceeded ahead to Dunstaffnage to transfer the casualty to a waiting ambulance.

During this time the casualty vessel was able to berth safely at the marina without assistance.

Oban lifeboat then proceeded to return to station where she was refuelled and made ready for service again by 5.45pm.

RNLI media contacts:

Leonie Woolf, Oban Lifeboat Deputy Press Officer
Tel: 07818 861517/ 01631 569735 Email: press@obanlifeboat.co.uk

Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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