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Five hour call out for Oban Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Oban RNLI lifeboat launched on service yesterday evening (Thursday 5 January) to aid a small cabin cruiser with a fouled propeller.

At 5.15pm the volunteer crew of Oban Lifeboat Mora Edith MacDonald were tasked to assist a 5metre cabin cruiser with a fouled propeller in the upper reaches of Loch Craignish.

Arriving on scene, Oban lifeboat quickly located the vessel. Due to it's position between two submerged rocks the decision was made to launch the lifeboat's small inflatable craft, the XP boat. With two crew members onboard, they were able to make contact with the vessel and eventually free it's propeller.

With the vessel now free from any fouling, the lifeboat took it under tow to the nearby Ardfern Marina where it was safely along side by 8.03pm, with the assistance of Tarbert and Ardpatrick Coastguard Rescue Teams.

With the vessel safely in the Marina, Oban lifeboat was able to return back to Oban. The volunteer crew were back at the lifeboat's berth by 9.47pm where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service again by 10.04pm. Almost 5 hours after they were launched on service.

Notes to editor;

RNLI media contacts: Leonie Woolf, Oban Lifeboat Deputy Press Officer

Tel: 07818 861517/ 01631 569735 Email: press@obanlifeboat.co.uk

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

Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

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

henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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