Three call outs in three days for Oban lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

At 2:45pm on Monday 9th May, Oban RNLI Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald launched after Stornoway Coastguard received a “Mayday” call regarding a sailing vessel which had capsized in Loch Craignish.

Fortunately, prior to the arrival of the lifeboat the single occupant of the vessel had been picked up by a local boat which subsequently transferred the sailor to another yacht. As there was no longer anyone in danger, Oban lifeboat was allowed to stand down and return to station, where she made ready for service again by 4pm.

This was the third call out in three days for the volunteer crew of Oban lifeboat who drop everything and leave work as soon as they hear their pagers. It has also been a busy start to the year with twenty one call outs since the start of 2016.

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Iain Fulton, Oban Lifeboat Press Officer on 01631 710001 or 07855 555539

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 07786 668903.

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