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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.

RNLI media contacts

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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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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